UW School of Dentistry


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Introduction to Dental Public Health

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

Course Overview

This problem-based learning course guides students through developing critical thinking skills and solving clinically relevant public health problems using principles from evidence-based dentistry. The course culminates in a final in class group presentation, which is an opportunity for groups to demonstrate knowledge acquired during the course and creativity in deriving a solution.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of 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, biological, behavioral, social, ethical, cultural, and community aspects, and formulate a plan for seeking information on various aspects of the problem, consistent with good clinical practice and being a continual learner.
3. Demonstrate the ability to identify, understand, and articulate alternative points of view about a public health problem involving dentistry.
4. Evaluate different models of oral health care financing, management, and delivery.
5. Apply the principles of behavioral and social science that pertain to population-centered oral health care and to promotion, improvement, and maintenance of population oral health.
6. Demonstrate basic information search skills to help analyze public health problems, including the use of print and online resources (e.g., Medline, GoogleScholar).
7. Make a coherent, professional presentation outlining a solution to a dental public health problem.
8. Recognize the role of lifelong learning and self-assessment in maintaining competency.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14

Date last updated: 2018-01-23