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Bernice Mills

Bernice is the Assistant Dean for Student and Clinical Affairs in the Westbrook College of Health Professions.   Prior to joining the WCHP Dean's Office, Professor Mills was a member of the Dental Hygiene Program for over 20 years and has extensive experience in dental hygiene education and administration.


Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership

University of Southern Maine


Master of Science in Adult Education

University of Southern Maine


Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene

Westbrook College


Bachelor's Degree in Public Health Dental Hygiene

Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis


Board Certifications and Licenses

Registered Dental Hygienist


Research Interests

Predicting Student Success in a Three Year Degree Dental Hygiene Program Using a Practical Programmatic Model

Selected Publications


Baker, David, Mills, Bernice.  Customization of a standard practice management software program to satisfy the needs of a dental hygiene program.  Journal of Dental Hygiene 2003; 77(2); 118-123.

Other Scholarly Activity

2008 Research Poster Presentation (Juried Abstract): Mills B, Harmer-Beem MJ. Predicting student success in a three year associate degree dental hygiene program using a practical programmatic model.  American Dental Hygienists' Association Annual Meeting.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2004 Research Poster Presentation (Juried Abstract): Harmer-Beem MJ, Mills B, Baker DL.  Herbal alternative medicine use in an urban dental hygiene clinic.  American Dental Hygienists' Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, Texas.

Funded Grants

"Where the Children Are: Increasing Preventive Oral Health Access Through Portability and Programming" - Funded by the Ludke Foundation ($100,000) Two Year Grant

"Increasing Preventive Oral Health Access Through Portability and Programming - The Expansion" - Funded by the Ludke Foundation ($50,000) Two Year Grant

Bernice Mills

Bernice Mills


R.D.H., M.S., B.S.

Assistant Dean for Clinical and Student Affairs

Interim Director of the Public Health Program, Associate Clinical Professor

Portland Campus

Hersey Hall

(207) 221-4314

On Campus