Katarina Jerković-Ćosić is dental hygienist and clinical epidemiologist, searching for ways to organize and innovate preventive care in such way that preventive interventions reach the groups most in need. Since October 2016 she has been appointed as professor of the Research Group Innovations in Preventive Care.
Her current research is focused on the broad themes in preventive care aiming at more inter professional collaboration and new ways to put preventive care into action more effectively. The research group wants to provide a strong knowledge base and evidence for non-short-term preventive interventions and to give an impulse to the innovations in the field of (oral) health care. Besides the projects in the field of oral health care, we perform research on the interventions for improvement of healthy lifestyle and increasing health literacy among risk groups. The research is divided in three research programs; screening and early detection, inter professional collaboration in preventive care and integration of oral health care into general health care.
Katarina graduated as dental hygienist, completed program in Teaching in health care and in 2006 she obtained her Master's degree in Evidence Based Practice (EBP) at the University of Amsterdam. In 2012 she completed her PhD thesis at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, titled “The relationship between career development and job (re) desing; The case of dental hygiene in the Netherlands. Since 2012, she has been appointed as associate professor at Institute of Allied Health Care Studies at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht. During this period, she has contributed to the development of a research program and development within the team of dental hygiene and the Institute.