Predoctoral Course Catalog


Dental Curriculum Threads

Mind, Brain, and Behavior

Course Director: Elizabeth Garcia & Malveeka Sharma
Credits: 5
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 2

Course Overview

Students will learn the structure and function of the human nervous system and its observable behavior ranging from reflexes to cognitive and social behavior. Learning is integrated in lecture, small groups, laboratory settings, and in directed self-learning formats. This is a foundational 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. Apply criteria for major psychiatric diagnoses as defined in DSM-V to discussions of clinical dental care.
3. Apply knowledge of pathophysiological mechanisms, clinical findings, risk factors, and differential diagnoses of neurological diseases and disorders to discussions of clinical dental care.
4. Describe the major pathologies of the central and peripheral nervous systems.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-03, C-04, C-05, C-10, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-14, C-15, C-17, C-18, C-30,
C-31, CE-02, CE-03, CE-06

Date last updated: 2022-02-17