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Faculty member Danielle Rulli named school’s Director of Interprofessional Education3 min read

May 11, 2023

Faculty member Danielle Rulli named school’s Director of Interprofessional Education3 min read

Ann Arbor, Mich., May 11, 2023 – School of Dentistry faculty member Danielle Rulli has been appointed Director of Interprofessional Education (IPE). In this new position, Rulli will coordinate and lead IPE initiatives and represent the school across the University of Michigan and the broader IPE community.  

Danielle Rulli

The dental school has a long track record of supporting IPE, which brings together the various health and social sciences to promote a team approach to patient care. U-M’s Center for Interprofessional Education coordinates IPE and collaborative training and care efforts.  Dr. Rulli’s appointment, effective April 1, was announced by Interim Dean Jan Hu.

Rulli is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Dental Hygiene Program and Director of the MSDH program.

Responsibilities for the her new IPE role include identifying IPE competencies for the DDS and DH programs; aligning DDS and DH curricula with the U-M Center for IPE core curriculum; leading the implementation of IPE curriculum maps; helping integrate IPE activities in the new Integrated Special Care Clinic and the comprehensive care clinics; and exploring potential external Interprofessional Education and Care rotations.

In addition to ongoing evaluation of the IPE programs, the role will develop collaborative opportunities for faculty providers and create a development plan for faculty and staff related to IPE competencies.

Dr. Rulli has been involved with IPE efforts across the university. She was a U-M Interprofessional Leaders Fellow, served as co-lead for several years on the university-wide introductory IPE courses, and serves on the Center for IPE’s Intentional Measurement and Research workgroup. She was part of an interprofessional team that received the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize in 2022.

Dr. Rulli was an invited contributor on interprofessional collaboration for the landmark report released in 2021 by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, “Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges”, the follow-up to the 2000 Surgeon General’s “Oral Health in America” report. 

Dr. Rulli received her BA in Behavioral Science from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado. She completed her undergraduate dental hygiene degree at the University of Vermont, followed by an MS in Dental Hygiene Education from the University of North Carolina. She received her Doctor of Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University.


The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation’s leading dental schools engaged in oral healthcare education, research, patient care and community service.  General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan.  Classroom and clinic instruction prepare future dentists, dental specialists and dental hygienists for practice in private offices, hospitals, academia and public agencies.  Research seeks to discover and apply new knowledge that can help patients worldwide.  For more information about the School of Dentistry, visit us on the Web at:  Contact: Lynn Monson, associate director of communications, at, or (734) 615-1971.