Karl D. Self, DDS, MBA

Associate Professor, Department of Primary Dental Care

Karl D. Self

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-2161

Office Address:
8-274 Moos Tower
515 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

DDS, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, 1984

MBA, University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, 1992

BA, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1981


Dr Karl Self joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 2006 and in January of 2010, he was selected to be the Director of the newly created Division of Dental Therapy. In addition to managing all aspects of the implementation of this program, he is engaged in teaching dental, dental therapy, and dental hygiene students. His research interests include access to care issues, health care disparities, and workforce issues.

Dr Self earned his DDS degree from the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, and a MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. During his professional career he has been engaged in a variety of dental practice types including private practice and large group practice, yet he has spent most of his professional life in a community clinic. He has been a consultant for the Department of Human Services’ Medical Assistance program and prior to joining the faculty of the School of Dentistry, he was the executive director of a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center in Minneapolis.

Awards & Recognition

  • Social and Behavioral Science and Public Health research "Paper of the Year" award, School of Dentistry - 2009
  • Ralph H. Metcalfe, Sr. Chair, Marquette University - 2004-2005



  • N Lopez, C Blue, K Self. Dental School Faculty Perceptions of and Attitudes Towards the New Dental Therapy Model. J Dent Educ 76 (4); 383-394, 2012
  • C Okunseri, D Girgis, K Self, S Jackson, E McGinley, T S Tarima. Factors Associated With Reported Need for Dental Care Among Homeless Persons Using Assistance Programs. Spec Care Dentist 30 (4); 146-150, 2010
  • N Lopez, K Self, J Karnitz. Developing a Tool for Systematic Inclusion of Non-Academic Factors in Dental School Admissions: Towards Building Diversity in the Dental Workforce. J of Dent Educ 73 (12); 1347-52, 2009
  • C Okunseri, R Bajorunaite, A Abena, K Self, A Iacopino, G Flores. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in the Acceptance of Medicaid Patients in Dental Practices. J of Public Health Dent 68 (3); 149-153, 2008
  • C Okunseri, K Self, D Born, and M Pineda. Dental Care Access for Hispanics in Minnesota: A Culturally Sensitive Medical and Dental Model. N.W. Dent 82 (4); 41-44, 2003