MS (Dental Hygiene)

The intent of this two-year program is to train dental hygienists to teach relevant basic and applied science courses (e.g., oral histology, oral pathology) in dental hygiene programs.  Completion of the required courses normally takes 7 quarters and approximately 70 credit hours.

Course Requirements

The overall goal of the program is to train dental hygienists to be educators and teachers.  Students receive comprehensive training in many of the basic and applied (clinical) sciences, participate in clinical care of special needs patients, and  in a research project.  The program is non-thesis, but students will be required to complete a capstone research project.

Courses

A. Core Courses. The following courses are mandatory program requirements.
Course
No.
Course Title Credit
Hrs.
Quarter
Offered
CONJ 401, 2, 3 Human Anatomy/Physiology 4, 4, 4 A, W, Sp
ORALB 520 Molecular Microbiology and Oral Diseases 3 Sp
ORALB 561 Oral Tissues 3, 3 W, Sp
ORALB 572 Oral Pathology 3, 3 A, W
ORALB 575 Oral Biology Seminar 1, 1, 1 A, W, Sp
PERIO 575 Immunologic Aspects of Oral Disease 2 A
DPHS 568 Biostatistics in Dentistry 3 S
DPHS 569 Clinical Epidemiology 2 S
MEBI 520 Teaching Methods in Medical Education 2 Spr
DHYG 500 Dental Hygiene Seminar 1 Varies
DHYG 501 Capstone 1 2-4 Varies
DHYG 502 Capstone 2 2-4 Varies
DHYG 503 Capstone 3 2-4 Varies

*Note that some of these requirements may be waived and is dependent upon previous coursework.

The Capstone Project will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the basic and applied oral biology science curricular concepts, by integrating their acquired knowledge and skills into a research project that is applicable to their individual interest or future career goals. A minimum of 6 credits is required.

B. Available Teaching Electives:
Course
No.
Course Title Credit
Hrs.
Quarter
Offered
MEBI 521 Evaluation of Learning in the Health Sciences 3 Sp
ORALB 562 Supervised Teaching in Oral Biology 1-10 A, W, Sp, S
D HYG 595 Teaching Internship 2 A, W, Sp
GRD SCH 630 Teaching & Learning in Higher Education 2 S
C. Other electives.
Course
No.
Course Title Credit
Hrs.
Quarter
Offered
ORALB 569 Advanced Oral Microbiology 2 W
ORALB 574 Clinical Stomatology 3 Sp
ORALB 578 Research Techniques 2-4 A, W, Sp, S
ORALB 579 Molecular Biology 2 S
ORALM 576 Oral Medicine Literature Review 1 A, W, Sp, S
ORALM 601 Oral Medicine Research Seminar 1 A, W, Sp, S
ORTHO 580 Craniofacial Anatomy 2 S
OS 520 Local Anesthesia 2 W
OS 532 Sedation and Pain Control 2 A
PERIO 517 Introduction to Periodontics 2 Sp
PERIO 530 Principles of Periodontics 2 A
PHCOL 434 General Pharmacology 2 A
PHCOL 435 General Pharmacology 2 W
D. Clinical opportunities are available in the DECOD (Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities) and the Dental Fears Clinics.
Course
No.
Course Title Credit
Hrs.
Quarter
Offered
ORALM 404 DECOD Auxiliary Didactic 1 A, W, Sp, S
ORALM 460 DECOD Auxiliary Clinic variable A, W, Sp, S
DPHS 640 Clinical Management of the Fearful and Phobic 1 A, W, Sp, S
DPHS 660 Dental Fear Clinic 2 A, W, Sp, S

E. Students are also required to attend and participate in the Biomedical Research Integrity Series.  This is a non-credit summer course taught through the Department of Bioethics and Humanities and consists of a series of lectures and discussion groups.  Each student will need to attend a minimum of three lectures and three discussion groups.

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