Course Schedule - Online

Introduction to Health Information Technology in Dentistry - Online Course
February – May, 2013


Information technology is a rapidly evolving area in dentistry. Electronic dental records and other applied clinical technologies can be found in an increasing number of offices. However, effective and efficient implementation of these technologies remains a challenge. This course is designed to help dentists, auxiliary personnel and IT staff/consultants begin to learn the skills of a Chief Information Officer, i.e. the person who is responsible for and leads the implementation of information systems in the dental clinical environment. Solidly grounded in the theory of informatics, this course delivers real-world, applied knowledge and skills useful for anyone working with technology in dentistry.


The course has two main objectives. It will help participants:
  1. use information systems for managing dental data and supporting clinical decision making in the context of the dental care and office workflow; and
  2. plan, evaluate technology for, administer and manage information technology implementations in dentistry.
An introductory video about the course can be found here:

Introduction to health information technology in dentistry from Center for Dental Informatics on Vimeo.

Course Outline

The course was designed as a full-semester, 15-credit graduate course and is now offered as a continuing dental education course. Each session takes about three hours to complete. In addition, participants will complete exercises and assignments. The course modules are:
  1. Course introduction and overview
  2. Dental care workflow and analysis
  3. Overview of electronic dental records (EDRs)
  4. Dental data and their representation
  5. Controlled vocabularies, terminologies and ontologies
  6. User-centered design methods for EDRs
  7. Practical information design
  8. Supporting clinical decision making with computers
  9. Failures in Health Information Technology (HIT)
  10. Planning and implementing IT in dental practice
  11. Requirements analysis and technology evaluation
  12. Managing HR for IT
  13. Introduction to hardware and software
  14. Privacy, confidentiality and security
  15. Course review session
A more detailed description of the course is contained in the attached syllabus.

Signing up for the Course

Interested users can register by phone with a credit card or send a check via mail including the registration form.

Users can then go to the following link:

When prompted with a user login screen, users should enter their username and passwords that is given to them by the CE Center. 

Once the user successfully logs in, they should look for the course under the My Courses heading in CouseWeb/Blackboard.   They can access the course by clicking on the appropriate link. 

Faculty (all University of Pittsburgh)

  • Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Dental Public Health, Center for Dental Informatics
  • Thankam P. Thyvalikakath, DMD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dental Public Health, Center for Dental Informatics
  • Heiko Spallek, DMD, PhD, MSBA, Associate Professor, Dental Public Health, Center for Dental Informatics
  • Richard A. Oldham, DDS, Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Informatics
  • Corey Stein, BSc, Graduate Student, Department of Biomedical Informatics
Dates February 26 - May 31, 2013
Tuition 2,400.00
Credit 60 hours
Course 78113W

The University of Pittsburgh is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

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 University of Pittsburgh designates this activity for the number of continuing education credits listed with each course summary.