Dental Curriculum Threads

Foundations of Dental Medicine 3

Course Director: Kimberly Espinoza
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn / 2

Course Overview

For the dental profession to provide equitable and appropriate oral health services, the dentist of the future must value human difference and diversity. This course addresses multiple aspects of human difference and diversity and the impact on oral health and access to dental care. This course will review the medical, legal, social and historical contexts affecting the oral and overall health of people with disabilities, patients in all stages of life, and patients from diverse backgrounds. Ethical issues and critical thinking related to the care of diverse populations and patients across the lifespan are reviewed. Students gain tools in respectful and effective communication strategies with diverse patient populations.

Learning Objectives

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

1. Demonstrate culturally sensitive and inclusive language and positive attitudes in relation to human difference and diversity.
2. Discuss classifications of human function, disability and health.
3. Identify the social determinants of health in relation to health inequalities in people with disability and other marginalized groups.
4. Identify barriers and facilitators to oral health for people with disability and other marginalized groups.
5. Describe the cultural, legal and social context of people with disability and other marginalized groups.
6. Identify appropriate methods of communication for people with cognitive, sensory and/or other communication impairments.
7. Outline the appropriate consent process when providing care for people with communication, cognitive or sensory impairments.
8. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills (e.g., empathy, active listening) with patients across the lifespan.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 13, 14, 15

Date last updated: 2018‐10‐04