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Oral Public Health and Community Service Program

Summer 2005

Community service learning. (Image courtesy of TUSDM Alumni Magazine.)

Highlights of this Course

This course addresses the following questions:

  • What are Public Health, Civic Engagement, and Community Service, and how do they relate to general health and well-being?
  • What are the fundamentals of epidemiology and biostatistics and what are their practical applications in general health and healthcare?
  • Why are oral health and oral healthcare access major public health issues world-wide?
  • How do the oral public health issues of water fluoridation, mercury disposal, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and tobacco use impact general health and well-being?
  • How can the strategies and methods of community-based healthcare systems development make a positive impact on oral health and oral healthcare access?

Course Description

This program examines the impact of society, disparate cultures, attitudes, health beliefs and risk behaviors on oral public health. The fundamental principles and practices of public health, epidemiology, civic engagement, and community service are presented from a practical and applied perspective. The significance of oral diseases and disorders as a “silent epidemic” and their grave impact on general health and well-being is emphasized, including specific examples of current issues and “hot topics” in oral public health. Strategies and methods to overcome existing substantial impediments to oral healthcare access for the most needy, vulnerable and underserved populations, is discussed from the perspective of community-based healthcare systems development. The course is principally a lecture/seminar format, with readings, case studies, assigned learning experience project and final paper. Students are expected to participate actively in class discussion.

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    • Demonstrate a broad understanding of the underlying factors influencing public health and oral public health, including social, cultural, behavioral, economical and political determinants of health.
    • Apply the principles and practices of epidemilology, statistics and the behavioral sciences to oral public health and to critical review of the scientific literature.
    • Describe the types of research designs used for descriptive, analytic, and experimental inquiry.
    • Describe evidence-based clinical practice and reis assessment and their application to clinical dentistry.
    • Describe the major issues and obstancles in oral public health, and their possible resolutions.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practices of planning, developing, implementing and evaluating oral health care delivery systems.
    • To develop the student's civic engagement, social and cultural awareness and knowledge and skills needed to provide quality oral health care services to underserved populations.
    • To develop the students' professional and ethical growth by providing compassionate quality oral health care to disparate, underserved, and disadvantaged patient populations.

    1. Grading and Assessment

    Three case studies periodically assigned during the academic term 25%
    ALE Final Paper 25%
    Final written exam 50%   Tell A Friend