Christine Blue

Christine Blue

Academic Title

Associate Professor, Program Director
Division of Dental Hygiene
Department of Primary Dental Care


Dental Hygiene, BS, Old Dominion University, 1978-1979
Dental Hygiene, MS, Old Dominion University, 1979-1980
Other Education
Dental Hygiene, GDH, University of Minnesota, 1976-1978 - Pre-Dental Hygiene, Bethel College, 1975-1976

Contact Info



Office Address

9-372 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Bio Statement

After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Ms. Blue practiced as a dental hygienist in Minneapolis. Desiring to complete her baccalaureate degree, she attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. During that time, Ms. Blue developed her interest in teaching and continued on to earn her Master’s degree. Ms. Blue began her career as a dental hygiene educator at Normandale Community College. In 1994, she joined the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry faculty as a part-time faculty member. In 2002, Ms. Blue became a full-time faculty member and served in the role as dental hygiene clinic director. She was appointed as interim director in 2005 and was named permanent Director of the Division of Dental Hygiene in 2007. Ms. Blue began a tenure–track in 2008 and was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in 2013.

Ms. Blue currently teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate dental hygiene program. Ms. Blue has been very active in the American Dental Education Association serving as the chair of the Section on Dental Hygiene and Chair of the Council of Allied Program Directors.

Ms. Blue was very involved in the creation and implementation of dental therapy in Minnesota. In 2008, she was a member of a School of Dentistry delegation that traveled to New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom to study dental therapy curricula and observe how dental therapists are utilized in those countries. Ms. Blue was a member of the Minnesota Oral Practitioner Workgroup that was appointed by the Minnesota legislature to advise the Commissioner of Health on recommendations and legislation pertaining to the training, scope of practice and supervisory levels for dental therapy. At the School of Dentistry, she has been involved in the developing the integrated, team-based clinical education model in the dental school. Her recent research has been in the area of emerging alternative force models and dental delivery.


Research Interests

Dental Therapy

Oral Health Disparity

Reducing Parental Risk-Related Behaviors of Early Childhood Caries

Periodontal Endoscope 

Educational Development:

Developed an interactive, self-instructional CD-ROM on Head and Neck Anatomy for dental and dental hygiene students.

Teaching and Administration:

Division of Dental Hygiene

Teaching Responsibilities
DH 3228: Ethics and Jurisprudence

DH 4234: Leadership and Professional Development

DH 5405: Curriculum and Course Design

DH 5411: Administrative Leadership and Professional Development


Distinguished Dental Hygiene Alumnus, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, 2008

ADEA Allied Dental Faculty Leadership Developmental Program, 2008

Michael J. Loupe, Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence and Innovation in Dental Education, 2001

Second Place, Instructional Computing in Dentistry Competition, American Dental Education Association, 2001


Osborn J, Lenton P, Lunos S, Blue, CM. Endoscopic vs. Tactile Evaluation of Subgingival Calculus, Journal of Dental Hygiene (in press).

Poppe K, Osborn J, Lenton P, Blue, CM. Subjective Pain Perception During Calculus Detection With Use of a Periodontal Endoscope, Journal of Dental Hygiene (in press).

Blue CM, Funkhouser ED, Riggs S, Rindal DB, Worley D, Pihlstrom DJ, Benjamin P, Gilbert G. Utilization of Non-Dentist Providers and Attitudes Toward New Provider Models: Findings from The Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, June 2013.

Blue CM. Cultivating Professional Responsibility in a Dental Hygiene Curriculum. J Dent Educ, August 2013.

Blue CM, Lunos SA, Lenton PA, Poppe, KL, Osborn JB. Outcomes of Scaling/Root Planing With and Without Perioscope Technology. Journal of Dental Hygiene 2013,87:3

Lopez N, Blue CM, Self K. (2012) Dental School Faculty Perceptions of the New Dental Therapy Model. J Dent Educ 2012, 76:4.

Blue CM, Lopez N. Socialization to a New Workforce Model: Dental Student Knowledge and Perception of Dental Therapy. J Dent Educ 2011,75:11.

Lopez N, Blue CM. Socialization of New Dental Therapist on Entering the Profession. J Dent Educ 2011, 75:5.

Blue CM, Isringhausen KT, Sanchez-Dils E. Raising Oral Awareness Among Nephrology Nurses. J Dent Hyg 2011,85:2.

Blue CM, Lopez N. Towards Building the Oral Healthcare Workforce: Who Are the New Dental Therapists? J Dental Educ 2011,75:1.

Blue CM. Do Dental Hygiene Students Fit the Learning Profile of the Millennial Student? J Dent Educ 2009, 73:12.

Jacks ME, Blue CM. Short-and Long Term Effects of Training on Dental Hygiene Faculty Member’s Capacity to Write SOAP Notes. J Dent Educ 2008,72:6.

Blue CM. Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE): A Basis for Evaluating Dental Hygiene Students’ Interpersonal Communication Skills. Access 2006, 22:7.

Blue CM, Danielson J. Dental Anatomy: A Comparison of Two Teaching Methods. Educ Direc 1985, 10:2:22.

Blue CM, Danielson J. A Survey of Dental Anatomy Teaching Methods in Dental Hygiene Programs. Educ Direc 1984, 2:13.

Books/ Book Chapters:

Blue CM. Chapter 3: Anatomy and Physiology. Mosby’s Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene, 7th edition, Mosby Inc, St. Louis, 2010. M. Darby, Editor.

Blue CM. Chapter 3: Anatomy and Physiology. Mosby’s Comprehensive Review of Dental Hygiene, 6th edition, Mosby Inc., St. Louis, 2006. M. Darby, Editor.

Blue CM. Head and Neck Anatomy for Health Professionals, Unit I: "Osteology of the Skull." A self-instructional CD-ROM module. University of Minnesota, Division of Dental Hygiene.

Blue CM. Head and Neck Anatomy for Health Professionals, Unit: II "Muscles." A self-instructional CD-ROM module. University of Minnesota, Division of Dental Hygiene.

Blue CM. Head and Neck Anatomy for Health Professionals, Unit III: "Cranial Nerves." A self-instructional CD-ROM module. University of Minnesota, Division of Dental Hygiene.



Head and Neck Anatomy on CD-ROM

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