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History of Dentistry: Global Pandemics and Health Education


Major pandemics have tremendous effects on society, including education. Pandemics precipitated the early decline of the Western Roman Empire and helped spread Christianity. These effects are often unappreciated until years or decades after they happened. While the impact of epidemics on education has been significant, it is not well documented.

Join us in this free webinar as we explore how major health crises of the past 800 years (leprosy, the Black Plague, Spanish Flu, COVID-19, etc.) have shaped health education. This presentation will explore those seminal moments in history and their lasting impact on how we teach and learn. The webinar will also engage with the audience to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted their educational lives and the lasting impact it may have on dental education.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe major pandemics of the last 800 years and their effect on health education.
  • Discuss the potential lasting impact of COVID-19 on dental education.
  • Identify areas of personal curiosity and spark further inquiry regarding history of health education.

CE Information:
The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by Nov. 16, 2024. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Andrew I. Spielman, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D.

    Dr. Spielman is Professor and former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at NYU College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry), where he received the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award in 2009. He is President of the American Academy of the History of Dentistry, former Interim Chair of the Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology at NYU Dentistry, a Past Chair of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations and the author of 120 publications. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, the International College of Dentists, The Lindsey Society for the History of Dentistry and the New York Academy of Medicine. He holds a D.M.D. from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Târgu Mureş, a certificate in Maxillofacial Surgery from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Oral Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Toronto and a certificate in History of Medicine (online) from the University of Oxford.

November 16, 2021
Tue 1:00 PM EST

Duration 1H 0M

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