Subject: Medicine & Healthcare
Institution: University of Pennsylvania and Coursera
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Course Starts on October 17, 2016
The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies.
About This Course
The mouth is the window into human health. This course provides an overview of dental medicine to engage, educate, excite and assist you in improving the oral health of your patients and members of your community. University will review topics in dental medicine including scope of the field, what to expect in function, and some of the many ways that dysfunction may present for different patients. This will include discussions of mouth, jaw, and tooth anatomy, pathology, and treatment. We will talk about differences between patients and the unique roles that different members of the dental field may play in treatment depending on the patient and condition. This course starts from basic concepts and proceeds to review trends in current research and technology. We offer scientific background, some skills for patient evaluation and interview, and some suggestions for further learning for those interested in or involved in dental education.
This course is designed to be beneficial to all; it is recommended for health professionals, researchers, members of dental and medical support teams, and patients. The material is meant to be accessible but broad to help anyone interested understand more fully the ways in which the oral cavity functions and what effect that has on the rest of the body.
Why Take This Course?
The free online course, “Introduction to Dental Medicine,” will allow anyone with access to the Internet to learn what dentistry is all about.
In the online course, dental cases involving real patients will be presented showing what happens before, during and after diagnosis and treatment. Faculty members and Penn Dental Medicine students will discuss diseases and cases in their areas of specialty.
The professors hope their course is also valuable to high school and college students contemplating a career in dentistry, which is not commonly taught or even introduced before graduate school. This course could provide students with a window into the field.
Dr. Uri Hangorsky, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/ Director PASS
Dr. Thomas P. Sollecito, Professor and Chairman of Oral Medicine
Dr. Eric Stoopler, Associate Professor of Oral Medicine
How To Join This Course
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- Choose “Register Now” to get started.