Dental Hygiene 2023-2024

180 Higher Education Credits, 3 years.

To be accepted as an exchange student at Karolinska Institutet you must be enrolled at a higher education institution that has a written exchange agreement with Karolinska Institutet for the specific study programme of interest. Exchange students should be selected and nominated by their home institution, however the final decision on admission is made by Karolinska Institutet.

To find the syllabus for the course or rotation you are interested in, follow the link to the course syllabus archive above.

You need to enter the course codes to access the syllabuses and they can be found right before the name of the courses or rotations listed on this page, under "Options in English" .

Options in English

For exchange students without very good command of the Swedish language, the Dental Hygiene Programme offers options in English as presented below. For information on how to apply and application deadlines, please use the links to the left.

All courses are full-time courses and require at least 40 hours of work per week. A student can only attend one course at a time. One study week is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits. The performance will be graded in accordance with the ECTS grading scale and on the basis of the student´s fulfillment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus.

General requirements

Courses offered during the spring semester 2024

  • 1EE123 Oral Health - Clinic, 6 ECTS credits
  • 1EE124 Oral Health - Clinic, 12 ECTS credits
  • 1EE125 Oral Health - Clinic, 18 ECTS credits

More information about the study programmes:

Study programme in Dental Hygiene (mostly in Swedish)



Application deadlines

  • 1 November (for the spring semester 2024 mid-January to the beginning of June)


Curriculum 2023-2024
Curriculum Dental Hygiene 2023-2024
Semester Course ECTS Credits
1 Oral Health - Theory 1 12.5
Oral Health - Clinic 1 7.5
Medical and Odontological Subjects 1 10
2 Oral Health - Theory 2 9.5
Oral Health - Clinic 2 7.5
Oral Health - Science 1 4
Medical and Odontological Subjects 2 9
3 Oral Health - Theory 3 10,5
Oral Health - Clinic 3 7.5
Medical and Odontological Subjects 3 6.5
Social and Behavioural Science 1 5.5
4 Oral Health - Theory 4 7
Oral Health - Clinic 4 10.5
Oral Health - Science 2 3
Medical and Odontological Subjects 4 5
Social and Behavioural Science 2 5
5 Oral Health - Theory 5 12,5
Oral Health - Clinic 5 8
Oral Health - Science 3 6,5
5 and 6 Tobacco Prevention and Tobacco Cessation 4,5 (3 credits semester 5 and 1,5 credits semester 6)
6 Oral Health - Theory 6 2
Oral Health - Clinic 6 6
Degree Project in Oral Health 15
Organisation and Leadership 5,5
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More information about the programme

A dental hygienist carries out regular oral examinations, makes diagnoses and treats diseases such as caries and periodontitis. He or she also analyses, examines and documents the need for oral health interventions, takes saliva and bacteria samples, removes tartar and other dental coatings, cleans and polishes the teeth and takes x-rays. A dental hygienist can also give pain relief during treatment.

The study programme includes odontological subjects as well as the social and behavioural sciences. It covers the importance of oral health and its affect on general health. Karolinska Institutet´s study programme in dental hygiene provides specialist competence in areas such as tobacco-use cessation, dental phobia, and child and elderly dental care.

Students practise communicating with other professional healthcare groups and work with outreach information. Some courses are studied jointly with dentistry and dental technology students.

After graduation

Dental hygienists work in the public (national dental service) or private sector, either for an employer or for themselves in their own practices. Graduates can opt for further education, such as free-standing courses that lead to a master's degree.