Dr. Poul Erick Petersen, the Responsible Officer for Oral Health at
the World Health Organization (WHO), visited NYUCD in March to discuss Global Oral Health: Why Does It Matter," the third in a series
of Conversations on Global Public Health sponsored by the NYU Master's Program in Global Public Health. The Master's Program in Global Public Health is a collaboration of NYU's Wagner School of Public Service, Steinhardt School of Education, School of Social Work, College of Dentistry with
its College of Nursing, and the School of Medicine.
Dr. Petersen discussed the World Health Organization's vision of global public health and how this applies to oral health. His presentation highlighted the role of international institutions such as WHO, UNICEF, and the Global Forum
for Health Research, and how they are bridging the health-care gap between developed and
The program also included welcoming remarks by Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, Co-director of the Master's Program in Global Oral Health, and Dr. Gustavo D. Cruz, Director of Public Health and Health Promotion at NYUCD, and introductory remarks by Dr. Neal Herman, Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Region II Head Start Oral Health Consultant.