MS (Dental Hygiene)

The intent of this two-year program is to train dental hygienists to teach relevant basic and applied science courses (e.g., oral histology, oral pathology) in dental hygiene programs.  Completion of the required courses normally takes 7 quarters and approximately 70 credit hours.

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Master of Science in Oral Health Sciences
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Course Requirements

The overall goal of the program is to train dental hygienists to be educators and teachers.  Students receive comprehensive training in many of the basic and applied (clinical) sciences, participate in clinical care of special needs patients, and  in a research project.  The program is non-thesis, but students will be required to complete a capstone research project.

Courses

A. Core Courses. The following courses are mandatory program requirements.
Course
No.
Course Title Credit
Hrs.
Quarter
Offered
BIME 520 Teaching Methods in Medical Education 2 Sp
CONJ 401, 2, 3 Human Anatomy/Physiology 4, 4, 4 A, W, Sp
DENTFN 513 Oral Microbiology 2 A
DENTPC 554 Oral Pathology 5, 3 S, W
DHYG 500 Dental Hygiene Seminar 1 Varies
DHYG 501 Capstone 1 2-4 Varies
DHYG 502 Capstone 2 2-4 Varies
DHYG 503 Capstone 3 2-4 Varies
OHS 568 Biostatistics in Dentistry 3 S
OHS 569 Clinical Epidemiology 2 S
OHS 561 Oral Histology 3, 3 W, Sp
OHS 575 Oral Health Science Seminar 1, 1, 1 A, W, Sp
OHS 579 Molecular Biology and Oral Health Applications 2 S
PERIO 575 Immunologic Aspects of Oral Disease 2 A

*Note that some of these requirements may be waived and is dependent upon previous coursework.

The Capstone Project will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of the basic and applied oral biology science curricular concepts, by integrating their acquired knowledge and skills into a research project that is applicable to their individual interest or future career goals. A minimum of 6 credits is required.

B. Available Teaching Electives:
Course
No.
Course Title Credit
Hrs.
Quarter
Offered
BIME 521 Evaluation of Learning in the Health Sciences 3 Sp
DHYG 595 Teaching Internship 2 A, W, Sp
GRD SCH 630 Teaching & Learning in Higher Education 2 S
OHS 562 Supervised Teaching in Oral Health Sciences 1-10 A, W, Sp, S
C. Other electives.
Course
No.
Course Title Credit
Hrs.
Quarter
Offered
DENTPC 511 Introduction to Periodontics 2 A
DENTPC 533 Local Anesthesia 3 S
OHS 569 Advanced Oral Microbiology 2 W
DENTPC 574 Clinical Stomatology 3 Sp
OHS 578 Research Techniques 2-4 A, W, Sp, S
ORALM 576 Oral Medicine Literature Review 1 A, W, Sp, S
ORALM 601 Oral Medicine Research Seminar 1 A, W, Sp, S
ORTHO 580 Craniofacial Anatomy 2 S
D. Clinical opportunities are available in the DECOD (Dental Education in Care of Persons with Disabilities) and the Dental Fears Clinics.
Course
No.
Course Title Credit
Hrs.
Quarter
Offered
OHS 640 Clinical Management of the Fearful and Phobic 1 A, W, Sp, S
OHS 660 Dental Fear Clinic 2 A, W, Sp, S
ORALM 404 DECOD Auxiliary Didactic 1 A, W, Sp, S
ORALM 460 DECOD Auxiliary Clinic variable A, W, Sp, S

E. Students are also required to attend and participate in the Biomedical Research Integrity Series.  This is a non-credit summer course taught through the Department of Bioethics and Humanities and consists of a series of lectures and discussion groups.  Each student will need to attend a minimum of three lectures and three discussion groups.