DHP 201 - Community and Public Health Dentistry

4 credits (PREREQUISITES: DHP 110/120/210; COREQUISITE: DHP 220, DHP 113)

Introduction to the concepts of public health and issues in healthcare delivery, with emphasis on access to dental care and the role of the dental hygienist in the promotion of oral health, as well as, prevention of dental diseases in the community. Students are introduced to the principles of research methodology and biostatistics, epidemiological indices, population needs, and community health planning methods for dental education of the public. Through this course, students will acquire knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors necessary for the promotion of dental health and prevention of disease through community-based dental health programs. The student will have the opportunity to interact with a diversified community performing preventive dental services. (F)