DHYG 3550 - Community Dental Health
This course provides the dental hygiene student with an introduction to basic skills needed to evaluate the dental health community, including research methodology and basic statistical analysis. It provides the student with a basic understanding of the significant social, political, psychological and economic factors influencing the American Health System.
Instructional Method Lecture and Lab
Admission to the Dental Hygiene program required.
Minimum Student Competencies
Upon completion of DHYG 3550 Community Dental Health, the student will:
- Identify roles of the dental professional within a community.
- Explore characteristics of the current dental care delivery system.
- Examine the social, political, cultural and economic factors that affect utilization of the dental care delivery system.
- Generalize issues that may affect the current health care system and compare these to the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health Care.
- Relate the concept of community-based needs to the following subject areas: Oral Epidemiology; Dental Health Education ; Health Promotion Strategies; Prevention, Control and Treatment of Oral Diseases.
- Compare the cost-effectiveness of preventive measures when applied to community-based dental programs.
- Analyze and group assessment data to address the needs of a target population group.
- Demonstrate the process of planning, implementing and evaluating a community-based program.
- Compute basic biostatistics.
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