Dental Curriculum Threads

Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Course Director: Lisa Heaton
Credits: 7
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 2

Course Overview

Students will learn the macroscopic and microscopic structure and function of the human nervous system, in terms of its contributions to observable behavior ranging from reflexes to cognitive and social behavior. Learning is integrated in lecture, small group, and laboratory settings, and in directed self-learning formats. This is a Foundations course that is required for all second-year dental students.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Describe the normal development, structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems at both macroscopic and microscopic levels from a systems level perspective.
2. List criteria for major psychiatric diagnoses as defined in DSM-V, and explain the risk factors, differential diagnoses and dental implications of these diagnoses.
3. Describe pathophysiological mechanisms and clinical findings as well as risk factors, genetics as applicable, and differential diagnoses in neurological diseases and disorders including those involving movement, sensory, perceptual and cognitive systems, impairment related to trauma, tumors, infections, dementias, demyelinating disease, neurodegenerative diseases, seizures, cerebrovascular accidents and other insult.
4. Describe the major pathologies of the central and peripheral nervous systems.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, 13, 14, 15

Date last updated: 2018-10-04