Craniofacial Center

COHO Summer Institute

The Craniofacial and Oral Health Online (COHO) Summer Institute in Clinical Research Methods is a multi-week research training program for dental and craniofacial providers and dentists offered through Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center and the University of Washington, and funded by Smile Train. This interactive training program is intended for early-career dental and craniofacial faculty from around the world who work in academic, public health and other settings where research is conducted with review and approval by a human ethics committee. Participants will gain knowledge on clinical research methods they may not otherwise have exposure to during their academic or professional training.

Tuition is $1,000 for the entire program. If you are a Smile Train partner, please note the cost will be covered by Smile Train.

The next COHO Summer Institute will take place June 1 to July 26, 2021, and follow an online format covering one module per week, for eight weeks total. Applications for the 2021 institute will be accepted through April 30, 2021.

View or print the 2021 program flyer (PDF).

Participation requirements

Participants must complete the entire program, consisting of 8 modules, in order to receive a certificate of completion. The program is estimated to take 4 hours per week, and one module topic will be covered each week.

Each module includes a 75-minute live, interactive session on Tuesdays from 6 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. Modules also include activities such as:

  • Short, pre-recorded video lectures
  • Applied assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Interactive discussions with instructors and other participants
  • Live office hours with instructors

How to apply

To apply, send a letter of interest and your curriculum vitae to Your letter of interest should explain why you are interested in the COHO Summer Institute and how it will benefit you, and note whether you are a Smile Train partner.

The application deadline for the 2021 institute is April 30, 2021. Please note that only a limited number of participants will be accepted. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance decision by mid-May.

Preparing the next generation of oral health researchers

Alumni of the program represent over 50 countries from around the world.

The COHO Summer Institute is the only research training program of its kind. Providing a gateway into clinical research, the program trains the next generation of oral health researchers, enabling them to help answer questions to improve the oral health of their communities.

To date, over 600 participants from more than 50 counties have successfully completed the program. Graduates often go on to become oral health researchers in the U.S. and around the world, holding supervisory roles such as department chairs, deans and chairs of research, and many have been funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Program Faculty

  • Christy McKinney, PhD, MPH, program director and principal investigator, Seattle Children’s Research Institute; and associate professor, University of Washington
  • Joana Cunha-Cruz, DDS, MPH, PhD, research associate professor, University of Washington
  • Kelly Evans, MD, physician, Seattle Children’s and assistant professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Carrie Heike, MD, MS, physician, Seattle Children’s and associate professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Philippe Hujoel, DDS, MSD, MS, PhD, professor, University of Washington School of Dentistry
  • Sara Kinter, PhC, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist, Seattle Children’s and doctoral candidate, University of Washington
  • Frankline Onchiri, PhD, biostatistician, Seattle Children’s Research Institute and University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences
  • Kathryn (Katie) Porter, JD, MPH, research scientist, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

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