273150 A curriculum to train dental and dental hygiene students in dental public health

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 2:50 PM - 3:10 PM

Kathryn Atchison, DDS MPH , School of Dentistry, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Using an evaluative process, a curriculum committee of DPH experts identified major themes and dental public health (DPH) curriculum areas for the previously developed 8 set of DPH competencies. DPH themes included: 1) Ethical reasoning 2) Cultural competency 3) Critical evaluation of literature 4) Social and health care systems 5) Evidence based dentistry 6) Promoting health and control of oral diseases 7) Prevention of oral diseases 8) Patient care and quality improvement 9) Research methodology 10) Communication 11) Collaboration 12) Oral health advocacy 13) Oral and systemic health connection 14) Professional growth and leadership 15) Lifelong learning 16) Principles of dental public health 17) Inter-professional care 18) Financial program planning 19) Individual and population level motivational interviewing 20) Service learning 21) Determinants of health, and 22) Risk or needs assessment. A subset of the committee refined the 22 themes into five curriculum areas: 1) Principles of Dental Public Health 2) Evidence Based Dentistry 3) DPH Ethics 4) Policy, advocacy and inter-professional care 5) Prevention and oral health promotion. After a review of available curricula in dental and dental hygiene schools, course modules and student activities are developed for each area.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the process used to develop the curriculum themes, 2. Discuss the dental public health curriculum themes 3. Identify the curriculum modules and activities being developed.

Keywords: Oral Health, Public Health Curriculum

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally and foundation funded grants focusing on the behavioral science, health services research communication and health literacy, and educational models in Dental Education. Among my scientific interests has been the development of quality of life and health literacy screening instruments, assessment of federal support of title VII funding for dentistry, ethical reasoning, and clinical applications of radiographs.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.