International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health
The International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health (ICOSH) is a first-of-its-kind academic centre committed to addressing the knowledge gap that exists between dentistry and other health professions by increasing awareness of the links between oral and systemic health through health professions curriculum reform, continuing education for practicing professionals, and related research.
The International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health (ICOSH) was conceived as an academic centre because although it engages in various types of basic, clinical and applied research, the major emphasis is on developing and implementing resources for interprofessional education and practice as well as advocacy for public policy making oral health a key component of the primary health-care system. This positions ICOSH to pursue a mission primarily associated with addressing the knowledge gap that exists between dentistry and other health professions by increasing awareness of the links between oral and systemic health through health professions curriculum reform, continuing education, public policy, and related research.
Emphasis is placed on interprofessional investigation of oral-systemic relationships, transfer of associated scientific evidence into interprofessional education, and development of interprofessional models of care that translate into meaningful health-care policy which recognizes the significance of oral-systemic health.
ICOSH operates through three related foci broadly defined as: 1) interprofessional education/practice models; 2) public health policy related to integration of oral health into primary health care; and 3) research in oral-systemic medicine.
Thus, ICOSH conducts traditional biomedical research, develops educational materials/content for health professions education and continuing education for practicing professionals, and informs public/consumer education and awareness as well as working with government and health-care systems to change the existing provincial health-care system.
What we offer
The curriculum consists of 30 individual courses. Each course provides direct recommendations for incorporating knowledge into practice, and includes supplemental resources for healthcare providers and their patients. Courses are currently available in both journal-grade hardcopy as well as interactive online formats.
These continuing education courses were developed under the auspices of the Division of Continuing Professional Development, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.
Upon successful completion (minimum 80% score), participants may collect applicable continuing education credits on a course-by-course basis.
All courses are available free of charge.
Learn more about our courses by exploring the preview files below.
Learn more about free interprofessional courses
The International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health (ICOSH) has become a global leader in interprofessional education for health professions students and in continuing education for practicing professionals that emphasizes the integration of oral health into the primary healthcare system. ICOSH has become known for its commitment to interprofessional co-management through the approach of one patient, one health record and one care plan.
Research conducted over the last several decades has shown that diseases and conditions of the oral cavity can have a profound effect on overall health. Through this research we’ve learned that health-care providers outside the dental office (including physicians, nurses, pharmacists and various therapists) can benefit from a deeper understanding of how the health of the mouth, teeth and gums can affect patient outcomes. With appropriate education and training, non-dental healthcare providers are well-positioned to significantly improve poor oral health and associated systemic chronic inflammatory diseases/conditions.
Our innovative courses are guided by an advisory board of 50 experts from professions ranging from dentistry, dental hygiene, pharmacy, dietetics/human nutritional science, nursing, physician assistants, respiratory therapy, medicine, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, and psychology. As more courses are developed, this will represent the first comprehensive curriculum for non-dental health professionals that will fill the gaps in oral health knowledge and its application to practice in disciplines outside dentistry. All courses are available online at oralhealthed.com free of charge. These continuing education courses were developed under the auspices of the Division of Continuing Professional Development, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. Upon successful completion (minimum 80% score), participants may collect applicable continuing education credits on a course-by-course basis. Learn more about our courses by exploring the preview files below.
Health-care provider handouts
- Differential diagnosis of lesions of the oral cavity (red).pdf
- Differential diagnosis of lesions of the oral cavity (white).pdf
- Referral form - Evaluation of oral soft tissue lesion.pdf
- Screening patients for potentially premalignant and malignant lesions - Performing a head and neck examination.pdf
- Suspicious oral lesions that require prompt diagnosis.pdf
The International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health (ICOSH) was launched as an Academic Centre through the Office of the Provost in January of 2008 with Dr. Anthony M. Iacopino, Dean of the Gerald Niznick College of Dentistry, serving as the Founding Executive Director. Dr. Iacopino had been recently recruited from the United States and brought a singular expertise as an internationally recognized leader in Oral-Systemic Science to the University. In addition to hundreds of publications and presentations within the field, he served as associate editor for “Grand Rounds in Oral-Systemic Medicine”, a unique interprofessional journal dedicated to communicating new scientific information and technical advances to health professionals and the public. He had also been engaged as a highly regarded consultant and key opinion leader for many years on related topics for the dental industry, universities, governments and healthcare systems.