Dental Curriculum Threads

Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Students

Course Director: Katherine Raffery
Credits: 3
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer / 1

Course Overview

This course provides an overview of Head and Neck Anatomy geared toward dental students. Through lectures, classroom activities, and hands-on dissection students will learn the gross anatomical structures of the orofacial complex and the relationship of this part of the body to the organization of the nervous system, vasculature, lymphatics etc. of the rest of the body. Through interactions with faculty and each other students will learn to use correct anatomical language necessary to communicate with patients and other professionals.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Identify the bones, muscles, nerves and other gross anatomic structures found within different anatomical regions of the head and neck
2. Explain the anatomical systems such as the peripheral nervous system, circulatory system and lymphatic drainage as they apply to the head and neck region and how they relate to the rest of the body.
3. Describe the functional or clinical significance of certain anatomical structures of the head and neck region.
4. Practice using the appropriate anatomical language necessary to communicate with colleagues and other health care professionals

UWSOD Competencies: C-03, C-08, CE-02

Date last updated: 2019-09-10