Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
2 hours lecture, 1.5 hours laboratory.2.5 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 42 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 2 Lab Hours: 1.5 Lecture/Lab:
 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 -
Continuation of D H 63C. Emphasis on the steps to developing community dental health programs, including health promotion programs. Local, state, and federal departments of public health services, types of fluoridation, and school-based dental health programs and screenings. Evidence-based decision making will be applied to the dental public health setting. This course is intended for students enrolled in the dental hygiene program.
Prerequisite: D H 63C.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
Health Education Strategies
  1. describe successful public health programs.
  2. identify dental health problems and develop programs to address those problems.
  3. discuss research on a dental public health topic.
  4. differentiate between health care delivery systems.
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. Materials to create visual aids and interactive games and worksheets to provide oral health education to the community.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
Health Education Strategies
  1. describe successful public health programs.
    1. public health programs which exist at the federal, state, and local levels.
    2. types of program evaluation.
    3. community water fluoridation and other forms of fluoridation including: cost and efficiency of each of these methods of fluoridation.
    4. primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.
    5. participate in dental screenings at elementary schools with underserved populations, using dental indices and other epidemiologic tools to measure oral health in a population.
    6. develop an oral health education program and provide oral health information to developmentally delayed teens.
  2. identify dental health problems and develop programs to address those problems.
    1. identify a dental health problem and develop a dental health program that includes:
      1. characteristics of an acceptable target group.
      2. methods (survey, questionnaire and interview) to assess the dental needs of a target group, including: oral health status, knowledge and attitudes toward dental health and dental treatment needs.
      3. goals and objectives for a community dental health program based on review of the literature.
        1. learning domain of an objective including: cognitive, affective and psychomotor.
      4. lesson plan to present information to target group using Gagne's principles.
      5. method of program evaluation
      6. budget for the proposed program.
  3. discuss research on a dental public health topic.
    1. critique a journal article recognizing the components of a well-designed research study.
    2. present a journal article and lead a discussion on the main points of the article in class following the format of a journal club.
    3. discuss relevant research on a dental public health topic in a literature review paper, emphasizing similarities and differences between research studies and introduce proposal of a dental health program to address that topic.
  4. differentiate between health care delivery systems.
    1. different health care delivery systems available in the United States.
    2. methods for financing health care and discuss the interrelationship between method of payment and treatment rendered.
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 in oral health programs.
    3. apply ethical research practices when assessing and collecting data from participants in oral health programs.
    4. maintain the need for consistently performing all phases 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. Written report on Community Dental Health Project: literature review and oral health program proposal.
  2. Journal article critique and oral presentation
  3. Midterm examination
  4. Final examination
  5. National Board Case Studies
  6. Reflection on community service
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. 2020. 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 from syllabus and outside sources which include reading about methods of program evaluation and how to apply them to a community dental health program in section 16 of the course syllabus.
  2. Lecture: Weekly lecture covering subject matter from course syllabus with extended topic information, such as development of program goals and objectives in section 14 of the course syllabus. Class discussion is encouraged.
  3. Community Service Assignment: group participation in community outreach programs (providing oral health education to underserved populations) and school-based dental screenings.
  4. Community Dental Health Project: 10-15 page paper including a review of current and historical literature covering a dental public health problem. Development of a dental public health program that addresses needs/problems discussed in literature review.
  5. Journal article critique and oral presentation: written critique of a current journal article addressing a dental public health issue and leading a discussion of this information in the article.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AS degree in Dental Hygeine.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2015-02-23 09:29:25

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines