AUA Recognizes Dr. Robert Bagramian’s Contribution to AUA and to Oral Health in Armenia

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YEREVAN, Armenia – The American University of Armenia (AUA) School of Public Health honored Dr. Robert Bagramian for his contributions to AUA and the AUA School of Public Health, in a special event at the Akian Gallery. The event, which took place on October 29, included a seminar presented by Dr. Bagramian, entitled “Oral Health in Armenia, Past, Present and Future.”

Dr. Bagramian spoke about the condition of oral health in Armenia, particularly in rural regions, and about projects that he contributed to with the goal of improving children’s oral health. Dr. Bagramian, who had served as the Dean of the AUA School of Public Health from 2007 to 2015, also made recommendations about future action. Following a lively question and answer session, there was a reception with the participation of AUA administration and faculty, and MPH students and alumni.

AUA President Dr. Armen Der Kiureghian joined the event from the US via Skype and highlighted the fact that, under Dr. Bagramian’s leadership, SPH has grown in in the number of students and has moved from admitting students every two years to yearly admission. SPH has also seen an increase in the number of its international student body, having the highest percentage of international students, especially from India, out of all AUA academic programs. 

“On behalf of the AUA community, I offer my sincere thanks to Bob and his wife, Linda, for contributing to the university and hope that they will continue their close ties with us and support us in all the ways they can,” Dr. Kiureghian said.

Dr. Robert Bagramian is a professor in the AUA School of Public Health and a member of the SPH Advisory Board. He is also a professor in the School of Dentistry and Public Health at the University of Michigan, where he served as Chair of the Department of Community Dentistry for seventeen years. He is an accomplished scholar and the recipient of many awards in the dental and public health spheres and currently provides consultancy services, both in the US and internationally.

In addition to teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate levels at the University of Michigan, he has also taught in other major universities, including the University of California system, the University of Berne in Switzerland, and the National University of Singapore.

The AUA School of Public Health works actively to improve population health and health services in Armenia and the region through interdisciplinary education and development of public health professionals to be leaders in public health, health services research and evaluation, and health care delivery and management.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality, graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.

Dr. Bagramian speaking at an event in his honor at AUA


Dr. Bagramian spoke about oral health in Armenia.


The audience listening to Dr. Bagramian’s presentation. In the forefront, SPH Dean Varduhi Petrosyan


Dr. Der Kiureghian joined the celebration from the US via Skype.


Dr. Bagramian and Dr. Armenian shaking hands at the event

Guests at the reception, following the seminar in honor of Dr. Bagramian

 Guests at the reception, following the seminar in honor of Dr. Bagramian