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Predoctoral Course Catalog


Dental Curriculum Threads

Health and Homelessness

Course Director: Amy Kim
Credits: 1
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring / 1,2,3,4

Course Overview

This student-led, elective course is a component of outreach efforts in alignment with the service mission of UW School of Dentistry. It consists of asynchronous learning modules and in-person discussions. It focuses on development of skills and insights to collaborate with institutional and community partners to meet the needs of vulnerable and marginalized individuals. There are three main requirements for this course:

  • Discussion Sessions (1 hour/session) – Students must attend 2 discussion sessions per quarter. Students may attend virtually if on rotation.
  • Volunteer/Outreach Activities (6 hours/quarter) – Since serving the underserved is an essential part of this work, 6 hours of participation in volunteer projects will be required each quarter. Volunteer efforts may be through pathways, outreach, or clinical service.
  • Learning modules – Students must complete all modules to prepare for service experiences, along with any associated quizzes or reflection assignments. Students must attend mandatory training sessions pertaining to each outreach activity for which they plan to participate.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Analyze the major social, cultural, legal and political factors for disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals.
  2. Collaborate with community partners and other resources to understand health and access issues for disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals.
  3. Explore interprofessional solutions to meet the needs of disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

Date last updated: 2023-09-06