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Center for Integrative Global Oral Health

The Center for Integrative Global Oral Health unites health researchers, educators and practitioners at the University of Pennsylvania and beyond in seeking creative solutions to address unmet oral health needs related to the worldwide prevalence of caries, periodontal disease, oral cancer and craniofacial deformity which impacts more than 3.5 billion people annually.

Achieving health and well-being by optimizing oral health for all

Operating through a lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion to:

  • Develop and mentor leaders and researchers in oral and population health;
  • Develop and mentor leaders and researchers in health policy and advocacy;
  • Lead and implement advocacy to increase affordability, availability and accessibility for oral health regionally/nationally and globally;
  • Create and disseminate transdisciplinary globally generated evidence-informed guidelines and policies;
  • foster and coordinate a community of implementation research.

Penn Dental Medicine is fortunate to be co-located on a campus with some of the most forward thinking health scholars in the world. This includes faculty based at well-established entities like the Leonard Davis Institute, the University’s hub for research in population health and health policy. It includes colleagues at the Wharton School’s Healthcare Management program, who are experts in health care services research and technology. It includes faculty at the School of Medicine’s Master in Public Health program, which prepares students to be public health leaders. And, it includes new partners, such as scholars at the School for Social Policy and Practice, the Graduate School of Education, and the School of Nursing with whom we can collaborate on issues such as the social determinants of health.

Faculty at the Center will create relevant new curricula for DMD and advanced dental education students as well as organize a new Master of Science in Oral Public Health.

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Among the diversity of current research underway:

  • a trial of a targeted oral care intervention in patients undergoing radiation or chemoradiation for head and neck cancer;
  • a collaborative effort between dental and medical experts aimed at improving outcomes for people living with HIV;
  • a study to test how effective a new toothpaste is in reducing tooth cavities in children;
  • a study on screening for cardiovascular disease risk factors in a dental setting; and
  • a stepped-care approach to treating dental fear.

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For further information or to support the work of the Center for Integrative Global Oral Health, please contact
Elizabeth Ketterlinus, Vice Dean of Institutional Advancement,

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