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DHYG 2924

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Credit Hours 2
Course Title Public Health I
Prerequisite(s) None Specified
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is a survey of the methods of epidemiology used to determine the dental health of a community and an explanation of program planning to promote dental health through prevention and education. Critical review of dental research will include basic statistical methods.

Expected Educational Results
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss issues concerning the current health care delivery system in the United States.
  2. Discuss the population served by private dental practice.
  3. Differentiate between utilization, demand and need.
  4. Analyze the utilization of dental services by various populations in society.
  5. Compare the methods and procedures used by private practice and public health programs.
  6. Discuss the role of epidemiology in dentistry.
  7. Utilize dental and periodontal indices to evaluate the status of a patient or a population.
  8. Relate the prevalence of dental caries to age, sex, race, nutritional status and diet.
  9. Relate the prevention of dental caries to the use of fluorides and occlusal sealants.
  10. Discuss fluoride toxicity (acute and chronic) by describing the signs, symptoms, treatment and prevention.
  11. Identify various methods for controlling periodontal disease.
  12. Discuss the incidence and the feasibility of controlling oral cancer, oral clefts, malocclusions and dental fluorosis.
  13. Assess and plan a dental health program.
  14. Evaluate scientific research and assess its quality.
  15. Distinguish between the types of experimental and non-experimental epidemiologic studies.
  16. Perform basic statistical calculations.
  17. Discuss the alternative methods available for the delivery and payment of dental services.
General Education Outcomes
  1. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communications as follows:
    1. Students develop reading comprehension skills by reading the text and supplemental resources.
    2. Students develop their listening skills through lecture and group problem solving exercises and group presentations.
    3. Students will develop their speaking skills through group oral presentations to the class.
    4. Students will develop their writing skills through a group paper for a project in which they assess, plan, implement, and evaluate a problem in dentistry in their community. They must also write short-answer type questions on exams.
  2. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills as follows:
    1. Students must demonstrate effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills through the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of a problem in dentistry in our community.
    2. Students must demonstrate effective critical thinking skills through the critical evaluation of current dental research.
    3. Students demonstrate effective problem-solving skills using the methods of epidemiology to assess and plan for the treatment of a patient or the community.
  3. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to understanding and interpreting quantitative data as follows:
    Students must understand and interpret quantitative data as it relates to the statistical interpretation of data in dental research.
  4. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to the identification and analysis of political and historical forces as follows:
    Students develop an awareness of the political and social issues concerning the delivery of health care in the past and present and future trends as they relate to dentistry.
Course Content
  1. Introduction
    1. The sociology of the dental practice
    2. The population served
    3. Utilization, demand and need
    4. Utilization by various populations
  2. Assessment of Oral Disease
    1. Compare methods used by private practice and public health
    2. The role of epidemiology in public health
    3. Indices
    4. Caries
    5. Periodontal Disease
    6. Other Oral Diseases
  3. Prevention and Control of Oral Diseases
    1. Caries
    2. Periodontal Disease
    3. Other Oral Diseases
  4. Community Dental Health Methods
    1. Assess, Implement, Plan, and Evaluate Dental Public Health Programs
    2. Evaluate Scientific Research
    3. Basic Statistical Tests and Methods
  5. Meeting the Demand for Dental Care
    1. Structure of the Dental Practice
    2. Financing of Dental Care
    3. Personnel Providing Dental Care
Assessment of Outcome Objectives
  1. Exams and a final exam prepared by the instructor will be used to determine the course grade.
  2. A group project that is to include a written report and an oral presentation to the class will be used to determine the course grade. This project will require the students to assess a current dental problem in their community and to plan a program to address this need. They are to propose how they would implement and evaluate their program.
  3. critique of current dental experimental research will be used to determine the course grade.

The dental hygiene department maintains full accreditation by the Commission on Dental Accreditation; additionally, by reporting students' pass rates for state/regional/national licensing exams, the department will be able to assess the effectiveness of this course as well as the whole curriculum.

The faculty function as the curriculum committee, along with faculty from the science department, and, as necessary, faculty from other departments are used to assist in periodic reviews of the curriculum. The department also articulates with a Department Advisory Committee, composed of members from the practicing dental and dental hygiene community, to maintain a current picture of the needs of current graduates and practitioners.
Revised 03/09

Last Revised: Aug. 18, 2011
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