Online: Cultural Competency Programs for Oral Health Professionals

This is a self-paced online CE course.


Course Overview:

The United States has a diverse population with minorities now comprising roughly one-third of the population. Further, the strong evidence of racial and ethnic oral health disparities warrants that health care professionals are equipped to work effectively with diverse groups. Cultural competency is a life-long process of examining values and beliefs while developing and applying an inclusive approach to healthcare practice. The goal of this course is to attain attitudes, knowledge and skills that enable a dental care professional to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups and communities.


Educational Objectives:

• To elicit, understand and apply cultural and ethnic data in the process of clinical care of culturally diverse population

• To use cultural information to establish therapeutic relationships

• To learn and apply culturally and linguistically appropriate practice management strategies




Dr. Richie Kohli, BDS, MS, is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Public Health and serves as an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University, School of Dentistry in the United States of America (USA).  Dr. Kohli has over 12 years of clinical, teaching and research experience. Her teaching responsibilities are primarily directed at teaching dental students the public health aspects of dentistry including cross-cultural communication in clinical settings. Dr. Kohli’s research is presently focused on responsible opioid prescribing in dentistry through project ECHO, geriatric dentistry, inter-professional collaboration, tele-dentistry and dental quality measures. She has secured substantial grants and co-authored on several publications with collaborators from different disciplines and Universities. Overall, she is very passionate about caring for the underserved population and loves to work in an interprofessional setting for well-rounded health care.

Oregon Health & Science University 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.




Target Audience

This course is designed for any dental healthcare professional

Continuing Education

Online: Hours - 2

How To Attend

You can join this self-paced program from anywhere using a computer with a high-speed internet connection. You may also access this course on a mobile device with high-speed internet. We recommend Google Chrome browsers.


Once you register and pay you will be sent a link to the online course. You can view the course video at your own pace. Once you have viewed the entire video you will be prompted to take the exam.


The exam will instantly let you know if you passed or failed the test.


Upon completion of the course and a passing grade, you will be sent a course evaluation and a CE verification.



Course Expiration

This course is valid 7/15/2020 through 7/15/2023 Per ADA CERP standards.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or are having technical difficulties please contact the Continuing Dental Education Department for more information:

If you have specific questions for the course instructor you can send her an email at

  • Speaker has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • The staff of the OHSU Dental School Office of Continuing Dental Education have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.