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The Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education in Jönköping, Sweden, was founded in 1972 on the initiative of the Jönköping County Council with the support of the Swedish Dental Association. The goal was to create a high-quality dental institute based on clinical work, education, research and development. The main emphasis of the education was specialist training within the different specialities.


Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Holger Thilander was the Institute's first director and responsible for the initial organisation between 1972 and 1975. In 1975, associate professor in Periodontology Anders Hugoson became the director of the Institute, a post he held until the end of 1995.

Between 1972 and 1995, the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education was under its own management under the auspices of Jönköping's County Council. In 1996, management of the Institute was merged with that of the county's Public Dental Service. Administrative director and Chief Dental Service Officer for this organisation, which comprises both specialist and general dental health care, was Professor Anders Hugoson. From 2003 Dr Agnetha Bartoll is administrative director and Chief Dental Service Officer.

Coordination officer

A new post for the coordination of the Institute's activities, coordination officer for Specialised Dental Care, was created in 1996. From 1996 to April 2001 this post was held by professor Göran Koch, from May 2001 to June 2004 by associate professor Krister Bjerklin, and from the year 2005 to June 2008 by associate professor Tom Bergendal. From July 1, 2008 to December 2013 professor Kerstin Gröndahl was head and coordination officer of the Institute. Since 2014 Dr Agnetha Bartoll is head of the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education.

At its founding in 1972, the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education only had two departments: Periodontology and Paediatric Dentistry. New clinics/departments have been successively added, and the Institute now comprises eleven specialist clinics, a National Oral Disability Center, and a library.

199 specialists have graduated

At the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education in Jönköping, specialised training of dentists (dentists undergoing postgraduate dental education) is carried out in nine specialities. The Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education has been approved by the National Board of Health and Welfare for many years to educate dental specialists. This means that all chairmen of the clinics must not only be licensed specialists but also in – in principle – have presented a doctoral thesis. Up to January 2019, 199 specialists have graduated. They are now working throughout Sweden and also abroad. 


The Institute's role in the continuing education of 'dental Sweden' has been and continues to be large. Besides the education of specialists, the comprehensive educational efforts in the areas of management courses for department heads, supervisor training for newly-examined dentists, and education in the use of nitrous oxide sedation should also be mentioned. Numerous dentists have been trained in nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation at the Institute. Senior lecturer Anna-Lena Hallonsten initiated this education in Sweden, which has also been a guiding example for similar courses in Norway, Finland, and Holland. 

The Jönköping Studies

At the Institute for Postgraduate Dental Education, several epidemiological surveys of oral health of the population have been conducted. The most wellknown are a series of investigations named 'The Jönköping Studies'.

Nine consensus conferences have been arranged and documented so far.

After almost 28 years at Barnarpsgatan in Jönköping, in 2000 the Institute moved to new premises at Rosenlund's vårdcentral, Hermansvägen 5 in Jönköping. Some units of the Institute are located at the County Hospital Ryhov in Jönköping and some in Nässjö and Värnamo.

Uppdaterad: 2019-02-20
Helén Jansson, Avdelningen för pedodonti Jönköping, Folktandvården