Predoctoral Course Catalog


Dental Curriculum Threads


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

Course Overview

This course covers biomedical foundational information about the human lifespan from conception until death. Students will learn biological processes governing normal human development, reproduction, and aging, as well as common disease processes and pathology. Dental practice relevancy will be emphasized when applicable.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Summarize the physiologic changes that occur with pregnancy.
2. Compare general physiology principles, common pathologies, and common pharmacologic interventions to the physiological changes of pregnancy.
3. Identify the normal anatomy and physiology of the reproductive systems.
4. Generate an overview of the complex hormonal and anatomical systems which allow for human reproduction.
5. Create an overview of human reproduction from gamete to embryo, as well as an overview of the pregnancy process.
6. Characterize normal embryonic, fetal, and childhood growth and development as well as reproductive maturity, aging, and end-of-life processes and common deviations that can occur in this typical lifecycle.
7. Discuss common pathologies of the reproductive systems.
8. Describe the natural processes of aging, death, and dying, from the health practitioners’ viewpoint.
9. Reflect on the relationship of dental management within the arc of the human lifecycle.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-02, C-03, C-04, C-05, C-09, C-10, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-14, C-15, C-17, C-31, CE-02, CE-03, CE-06

Date last updated: 2022-11-08