Dr. Brittany Seymour
Dr. Brittany Seymour is Associate Professor and Global Health Discipline Director at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. She holds a full-time appointment in the Department of Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology and the Office of Global and Community Health. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2005 and completed her Master in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health and Population in 2011.
Her work focuses on interdisciplinary approaches for oral health improvement at the global level through education and workforce development, prevention, and policy. She has held Fellowships at the Harvard Global Health Institute in global health education, the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society in digital health communication, and the Harvard Medical School Academy in medical education and curriculum development.
She has held leadership positions at the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s Global Oral Health Interest Group. She was a contributing author to the FDI World Dental Federation’s Oral Health Atlas 2nd Edition and works with the American Dental Association as a national consumer spokesperson and on the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee. Dr. Seymour has won numerous honors and awards, including the Award for Community Dentistry and Dental Public Health and the Herschel St. Horowitz scholarship from the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, Outstanding Achievement in Teaching from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Excellence in Mentorship from Harvard Medical School. She is the lead architect, editor, and author of the Global Health Starter Kit.
Fields of Interest
Dr. Seymour’s interests and areas of study include interdisciplinary global health curriculum development and pedagogy, digital public health communication and network science, and oral health workforce development in resource-challenged settings. In addition to her global health curriculum work in dental education, she helped launch the first dental school in Rwanda, supported dental education reform in Vietnam, and helped develop a hospital wing devoted to dental care in Haiti. She has received additional project grants related to health promotion and disease prevention in Mexico, Costa Rica, South Africa, and Uganda, and the U.S both nationally within the states of Massachusetts, Alaska, Kentucky, and California.