Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) launched an innovative new curriculum in 2015 which integrates oral health and primary care and gives first-year students and Harvard medical students the opportunity to gain primary care clinical experience earlier in their training. The school’s Office of Global and Community Health develops, promotes, and sustains initiatives in oral public health, both in the U.S. and around the globe. The office works with HSDM faculty and students to put the school’s vision for global health into practice, and to coordinate efforts to incorporate global health into the pre-and post-doctoral curricula. Through these efforts faculty and students can expand externship and research opportunities, and integrate oral health issues into global health efforts across and beyond the University.
The Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda is a collaboration between HSDM and several American and Rwandan partners to develop a bachelor of dental surgery program in Rwanda. This is part of an eight-year effort to strengthen the education of the health workforce in Rwanda.
Brian Swann is an instructor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine who is involved in multiple global outreach projects related to global health service in resource-poor populations. In 2017, he traveled to Haiti as part of a joint project between the Haiti Dental School and National Dental Association.