Course Descriptions


Public Health Dentistry


I. HSC-566: Dental Public Health

Dental public health is essential to the practice of dentistry as it puts dentistry in context within society and seeks to answer questions at a population level. This course aims to stimulate the student’s interest and encourage a questioning approach to dental public health issues and their relationship to clinical practice. This basic course also serves as a practical and relevant overview of the subject.
Topics to be covered include:
Philosophy and basis of dental public health, modern principles of dental public health , the epidemiology of oral diseases, oral health promotion and oral health services, Public health aspect of dental hygiene, methods related to dental public health, models of Dental Public Health.
Reference:
i. Blanaid Daly, Richard G. Watt, Paul Batchelor, Elizabeth T. Treasure: Essential Dental Public Health, First Edition, 2002.
ii. Jill Dee Mason: Concepts in Dental Public Health, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Second Edition, 2010.
iii. Marya: A Textbook of Public Health Dentistry, Publisher JP Medical Ltd, 2011.

II. HSC-567: Preventive Dentistry

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to get more knowledge about the preventive aspects of dental public health. This course explores the brief introduction to the most common and current oral diseases found globally. It will be a unique blend of clinical and preventive aspects of dental diseases.
Topics to be covered include:
Introduction to Primary Preventive Dentistry , Primary Prevention – methods, Primary Prevention – models, Preventive aspects of dental caries, periodontal disease, and oral cancer, evidence-based preventive dentistry, the role of diet in the prevention of dental disease, Ozone and chlorhexidine in the prevention of dental diseases, the role of Fluoride therapy in the prevention of dental disease.
Reference:
i. Hardy Limeback: Comprehensive preventive dentistry, Publisher Ames, Iowa : Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.
ii. Norman O. Harris, Franklin Garcia-Godoy, Christine Nielsen Nathe: Primary preventive dentistry, 8th Edition, c2014.

III. HSC-568: Policy, Management & Financing of Oral Health

This course focuses on the assessment of factors that affect oral health of populations and the development of policy in response to a population's needs. It also provides information regarding the active management plan in terms of clinical, administrative and promotional management. This course also explores the financial disparities regarding oral Health.
Topics to be covered include:
Dental public health policy, Oral Health promotion policy, Community Health Planning for dental health, Oral health promotion in infants and preschool age children, How to form an effective preventive dental team, Formulating a Comprehensive Treatment Plan, Formulating Dental Directories, oral health disparities, advocacy regarding oral health financing.
Reference:
i. Jos V.M. Welie: Justice in oral health care, ethical and educational perspectives, Publisher Milwaukee, Wis.: Marquette University Press, c2006.
ii. Marya CM: A Practical Manual of Public Health Dentistry, 2012
iii. Geurink, Kathy Voigt: Community oral health practice for the dental hygienist, Second Edition, Publisher Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, c2005.

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