Penn Dental Medicine Launches New Coursera Course: Frontiers in Dentistry


Philadelphia – Penn Dental Medicine faculty explore some of the latest advances in the field of dental medicine in a new course that has launched on Coursera, the global online learning platform. The course, Frontiers in Dentistry, focuses on five distinct areas that have gone through significant transformation recently and the therapeutic and scientific innovations in each moving oral health care delivery forward.

The course, which takes approximately four hours to complete, includes a course introduction followed by five modules. The topics include:

  • The Center for Innovation & Precision Dentistry (CiPD), a collaboration with Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, to develop cutting-edge yet affordable approaches to address unmet oral health needs, with Dr. Michel Koo, co-Director of the CiPD.
  • Treatment of Patients with Disabilities with Dr. Miriam Robbins, Director of Penn Dental Medicine’s Care Center for Persons with Disabilities
  • Innovations in Biomaterials and Artificial Intelligence with Dr. Markus Blatz, Chair, Department of Preventive & Restorative Sciences
  • Digital Dentistry with Dr. Julian Conejo, Director of Chairside Digital Dentistry
  • Computer Assisted Orthodontics with Dr. Sam Kadan, Clinical Associate in Orthodontics

Each module includes an interview-style video with supporting visuals and accompanying quiz material, as well as any suggested supplementary reading or documents provided by the speaker. The course can be taken at any time on the schedule of participants. Participants can choose to receive a certificate on completion or audit the course free of charge.

“We are thrilled to be adding to our Coursera course offerings,” says Dr. Uri Hangorsky, the course director, who conducted the interviews with the featured faculty in each of the course modules. The other Penn Dental Medicine Coursera courses include The Oral Cavity: Portal to Health and Disease and Introduction to Dental Medicine.