Dental Curriculum Threads

Lifecycle and Reproduction

Course Director: Elizabeth Garcia
Credits: 4
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 2

Course Overview

This course covers the human lifespan from conception until death. Labs, lectures with the School of Medicine as well as School of Dentistry faculty, group sessions, and the watching of Atul Gawande’s documentary: Being Mortal, Medicine and What Matters in the End, will provide an understanding of the biological processes governing normal human development and aging as well as common disease processes and pathology. Differences specific to gender will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Recall embryonic, fetal, neonatal, and childhood growth and development, as well as reproductive maturity, aging, and end-of-life processes.
2. Describe common pathologies of fetal development and childhood.
3. Describe the normal anatomy and physiology of the reproductive systems.
4. Describe common pathologies of the reproductive systems.
5. Describe an overview of human reproduction, from gamete to embryo, as well as an overview of the pregnancy process.
6. Describe an overview of the complex hormonal and anatomical systems which allow for human reproduction.
7. Describe the natural processes of death and dying, from the health practitioners’ viewpoint.
8. Reflect on the relationship of dental management with the arc of the human lifecycle.

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

Date last updated: 2018-10-04