Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
D H 63CCOMMUNITY DENTAL HEALTH ISummer 2011
2 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lecture-laboratory.3 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 42 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab: 1.5
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade Only
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 1-21/10;6/15/10;11/28/10

1. Description -
Introduction to community dental health problems and disparities that exist in health care. The science of epidemiology, research and writing skills, and biostatistics. An analysis of current dental health issues and initial development of a community dental health program. Evaluation of scientific literature will be developed. Intended for students in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Dental Hygiene Program.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
Health Education Strategies
  1. define dental public health and ideal public health programs.
  2. understand and apply principles of epidemiology to the field of dental public health.
  3. identify the components of scientific research design.
  4. describe basic principles of statistics.
  5. describe disparities in health that exist in the community.
  6. define the role of the public health hygienist.

Ethical and Legal Principles
  1. understand and apply the principles of law and ethics to the practice of dental public health.

Foothill College Dental Hygiene Program Competencies
Our graduates will be competent:
  1. in assessing the oral health needs of diverse populations and providing comprehensive 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 the 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.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
Classroom with multi-media equipment. Visual aids, over-sized typodonts and toothbrushes, pamphlets and interactive games to use for oral health education.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Health Education Strategies
  1. define dental public health and ideal public health programs.
    1. concepts of health and dental public health.
    2. principles of an ideal public health program.
    3. compare and contrast dental health care delivery in the private practice setting from that which occurs in the community setting.
  2. understand and apply principles of epidemiology to the field of dental public health.
    1. concepts of epidemiology.
    2. the influence of epidemiologic factors on the health of a community.
    3. major dental indices utilized in dental public health and their application in the assessment of dental health problems.
    4. clinical measures used in oral health surveillance.
  3. identify the components of scientific research design.
    1. critique a journal article by recognizing the components of well-designed research.
    2. present a journal article and lead a discussion on the main points of the article in class.
    3. scientific writing and scientific communication.
  4. describe basic principles of statistics.
    1. concepts of statistics and common statistical terminology.
    2. the use of statistics in dental public health.
  5. describe disparities in health that exist in the community.
    1. oral health disparities and barriers to health care.
    2. oral health problems affecting the public and the extent to which they affect the population.
    3. trends in oral health and disease during the past 20 years.
    4. participate in dental screenings at elementary schools with underserved populations, using dental indices to measure oral health in a population and providing oral health education.
    5. develop an oral health education program and provide oral health information to developmentally delayed teens.
  6. define the role of the public health hygienist.
    1. the role of the dental hygienist in the field of community health and future trends in the delivery of dental health care.

Ethical and Legal Principles
  1. understand and apply the principles of law and ethics to the practice of dental public health.
    1. maintain a high degree of professional ethics and conduct interactions with the community, patients, faculty, and fellow classmates.
    2. provide informed consent for participants of oral health education programs.
    3. apply ethical research practices when collecting and assessing oral health information and data from participants in health programs.
    4. maintain the need to consistently perform all aspects of the dental hygiene process to acceptable standards of care.
    5. exhibit sensitivity to individual's emotions, needs, rights and comforts with emphasis on the influence of cultural, psychosocial and other factors.
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
 
6. Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Community Dental Health Project: Literature Review and Formulation of a Dental Health Program Journal Article Critique and Presentation/Moderator of Discussion
  2. Midterm Exam
  3. Final Exam
  4. Development of curriculum and visual aid for Oral Health Education in classroom with developmentally delayed teens and elementary school-aged children
  5. Participation in community dental health programs: oral health education and school-based dental screenings
7. Representative Text(s) -
Chan, Patti Walter. Community Dental Health Course Manual 2010-2011 (required)
Mason, Jill. Concepts in Dental Public Health. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2010. Second Edition. IBSN 1-58255-841-8(reference text)

8. Disciplines -
Dental Hygiene
 
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Field work, Oral presentations, Community service.
 
10. Lab Content -
Students will fulfill lab hours (or requirements) by engaging in various community outreach projects including educating underserved populations (including developmentally delayed teens, children enrolled in Migrant Education, and children in lower socioeconomic areas) on oral health ad related topics and participating in school-based dental screenings.
 
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
 
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments which include reading about oral health disparities and the impact on access to dental care in section 9 of course syllabus.
  2. Lecture: Weekly lectures covering subject matter from syllabus with extended topic information, such as Oral Health Surveillance in section 10 of syllabus. Class discussion is encouraged.
  3. Community Dental Health Project: literature review of a dental health topic (minimum of 10-15 scientific articles).
  4. Critique and Presentation of a Scientific journal article: lead discussion in class.
  5. Community Service Assignment: group participation in community service programs (providing oral health education to underserved populations) and school-based dental screenings is required.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AS degree in Dental Hygeine.


Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-19 20:57:25


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