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Effective: Summer 2013

Prerequisites: Prerequisite: D H 52B.
Grade Type: Letter Grade Only
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Non-GE Transferable: CSU
2 hours lecture. (24 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Describe the diseases of metabolism
  • Describe the blood disorders
Description -
Introduction to general pathology and specific pathologic processes, repair, healing, and regressive changes. Social significance of pathology. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
Dental Hygiene Process of Care
  1. explain the cellular basis of life and disease.
  2. identify various body defense mechanisms.
  3. identify various body assault mechanisms.
  4. explain various disease proliferations.
  5. identify various pathological regressions and degenerations.
  6. identify diseases of metabolism.
  7. identify various blood dyscrasias.
  8. identify various cardiovascular diseases including rheumatic fever and hypertension.
  9. identify diseases of bones, joints, and muscles.
Community Oral Health Strategies
  1. given epidemiologic factors, discuss population, racial and cultural diversity factors in pathology.
Ethical & Legal Principles
  1. value the role of the dental hygienist in general pathology.
  2. exhibit professionalism and enthusiasm in performing all assignments.
Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program Competencies
Our graduates will be competent:
  1. In assessing the oral health needs of diverse populations in order to plan, implement & evaluate dental hygiene care for persons of all ages/stages of life.
  2. In health education strategies for the prevention of disease & the promotion of health for individual clients and community
  3. In infection & hazard control procedures to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases.
  4. In the ethical & legal principles underlying the practice of dental hygiene.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Lecture room, projection equipment.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Cellular basis of life and disease.
  2. Defense.
    1. Cellular reactions of inflammation.
    2. Humoral mediators.
    3. Immune reactions.
    4. Immunopathies.
  3. Assault.
    1. Viral infections.
    2. Bacterial infections.
    3. Fungal infections.
    4. Parasite infections.
    5. Hypersensitivity and collagen diseases.
    6. Physical/chemical injuries.
  4. Disease Proliferations.
    1. Definitions and etiology of cell proliferations.
    2. Taxonomy of neoplasms.
    3. Spread of neoplasm.
    4. Organ-system malignancies.
  5. Regressions and degenerations.
    1. Basic cellular degenerations.
    2. Pigmentations.
    3. Necrosis.
  6. Diseases of metabolism.
    1. Nutritional disorders.
    2. Inborn errors of metabolism.
    3. Diabetes mellitus.
    4. Endocrinopathies.
  7. Blood dyscrasias.
    1. Coagulopathies.
    2. Erythrocyte disorders.
    3. Leukocyte disorders.
  8. Cardiovascular Disease.
    1. Congestive Heart Failure.
    2. Rheumatic Heart Disease.
    3. Hypertension.
  9. Diseases of Bones, Joints, and Muscles.
    1. Osteoporosis.
    2. Rheumatoid arthritis.
    3. Myasthenia gravis.
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Written assignments
  2. Bi-weekly quizzes
  3. Term report
  4. Final examination.
Representative Text(s) -
DeLong,Leslie. General and Oral Pathology for the Dental Hygienist. Lippincott,Williams,& Wilkins, 2011.

Disciplines -
Dental Technology
Method of Instruction -
  1. Lecture
  2. Discussion
Lab Content -
Not applicable.
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Weekly readings from the textbook
  2. Writing assignments from the textbook
  3. Research written report on a disease of approximately seven/eight pages