UW School of Dentistry

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Oral Histology & Embryology 2

Course Director: Tracy Popowics (Seattle) & Judd Case (RIDE Spokane)
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring/1

Course Overview

In this second course in oral histology and embryology, dental students continue to study the development, microscopic and submicroscopic structure, and functional aspects of hard and soft oral tissues. Included are the embryonic development of the head and neck; morphodifferentiation of face and oral structures; and relationships between development and structure, and structure and function in the histology or ultrastructure of oral tissues. This knowledge is foundational to a deep understanding of human disease.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Describe the biological principles and details of the development, structure, and function of oral tissues.
2. Describe the normal structures of the oral tissues in preparation for courses in oral pathology and oral medicine
3. Explain the basis for rational therapy through the application of basic science principles in the diagnosis and treatment of clinical problems.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-03, CE-02, CE-03

Date last updated: 2022-03-29

DENTFN 523

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Oral Histology & Embryology 1

Course Director: Tracy Popowics
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 1

Course Overview

Students learn about the development, microscopic and submicroscopic structure, and functional aspects of hard and soft oral tissues. They gain an understanding of the embryonic development of head and neck, morphodifferentiation of facial and oral structures, relationships between development and structure, and structure and function in the histology or ultrastructure of oral tissues. This knowledge is foundational to a deep understanding of human disease.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Describe the biological principles and details of the development, structure, and function of oral tissues.
2. Describe the normal structures of the oral tissues in preparation for courses in oral pathology and oral medicine.
3. Explain the basis for rational therapy through the application of basic science principles in the diagnosis and treatment of clinical problems.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-03, CE-02

Date last updated: 2021-12-31

DENTFN 521

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Introduction to Dental Public Health

Course Director: Donald Chi
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Winter / 1

Course Overview

This course guides students through the process of developing critical thinking skills and addressing public health problems in dentistry. Students will critically evaluate a real-world dental public health case involving behavioral, social, ethical, and cultural elements; work collaboratively with group members to identify resources and gather information to develop a comprehensive understanding of the problem; develop hypotheses regarding the nature and complexity of the problem; prioritize goals and objectives relevant to the problem; and develop a feasible, evidence-based solution. The course will culminate in a final in-class group presentation.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Assess dental public health principles and problems in the United States and Washington state, including how oral health problems affect vulnerable subgroups and communities.
2. Analyze public health problems with dental, medical, behavioral, social, ethical, cultural, and community aspects.
3. Formulate a plan for seeking information on various aspects of a public health problem, consistent with good clinical practice and being a continual learner.
4. Articulate alternative points of view about a public health problem involving dentistry.
5. Evaluate different models of oral health care financing, management, and delivery.
6. Apply the principles of behavioral and social science that pertain to population-centered oral health care to the promotion, improvement, and maintenance of population oral health.
7. Demonstrate basic information search skills to help analyze public health problems.
8. Coherently and professionally articulate creative and feasible solutions to a dental public health problem.
9. Recognize the role of lifelong learning and self-assessment in maintaining clinical and professional skills.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-04, C-08, C-10, C-11, C-15, CE-03, CE-06

Date last updated: 2021-12-31

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Oral Microbiology

Course Director: Jeffrey McLean
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 1

Course Overview

Caries and periodontitis are the most common microbial-based diseases that dentists treat every day; therefore, future dentists must have a strong understanding of the basic microbiology behind the etiology of these diseases. This lecture course will cover many aspects of oral microbiology including oral ecology, the human microbiome, and the relationship of bacteria to human health and disease.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Discuss the basic scientific rationale for the practice of microbiology in dentistry regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of oral diseases.
2. Explain the basic knowledge of immune responses, oral bacterial virulence factors, and bacterial immune evasion.
3. Describe the principles of bacterial genetic variation and the types of techniques used to assess taxonomic/genomic diversity and their applications in dentistry.
4. Describe innate and adaptive immunity in the oral cavity.
5. Discuss basic knowledge of immune responses, oral bacterial virulence factors, and immune evasion.
6. Describe the bacteriological etiology and pathogenic mechanisms involved in the two major plaque-related diseases, caries, and periodontal disease.
7. Describe the principles of clinical asepsis.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03

Date last updated: 2021-10-18