Course Number and Title: DHY 290 Community Dental Health
This course focuses on healthcare problems and systems within the community setting. Content includes addressing health needs through assessment, planning, and evaluation of dental health programs.
Dental Hygiene Policy and Procedures Manual
Allied Health/Science Department Program Student Policy Manual
- Analyze dental hygiene care plans needed to treat patients from a full spectrum of patient populations, exhibiting varying states of medical and oral health conditions. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3)
- Demonstrate the principles related to dental health education and program planning. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 6; PGC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Assess dental hygiene program plans for a diverse population. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 1, 2, 3, 6)
- Evaluate professional journal articles. (CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC 1, 4)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Analyze dental hygiene care plans needed to treat patients from a full spectrum of patient populations, exhibiting varying states of medical and oral health conditions.
- Identify a variety of dental indices.
- Discuss diverse populations and their community dental needs.
- Examine the principals related to dental health education and program planning.
- Define community health, dental public health, and epidemiology, and explain their relationship to local, state, national, and international boundaries.
- Define dental health education, disease prevention, and health prevention, and explain their relationship to an individual or community approach.
- Apply appropriate assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation methods for community based dental health programs.
- Debate the principles of fluoridation.
- Assess dental hygiene program plans for a diverse population.
- Develop programmatic goals and objectives for individual dental related projects based on need, originality, acceptability, and resources.
- Identify a problem in the community.
- Design a program plan to alleviate the problem.
- Evaluate professional journal articles.
- Interpret the data, statistics, and significance of a research or literature review article.
- Prepare a table clinic based on scientific knowledge and a bibliography that contains appropriate and current citations from professional literature.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Collect and analyze baseline data in a critical and scientific manner regarding the patient's health status to determine dental hygiene treatment needs.
- Utilizing professional communication skills and behaviors, initiate and responsibly advocate health care promotion and disease prevention for diverse populations.
- Provide dental hygiene care in a safe manner.
- Utilizing self-assessment skills, evaluate clinical performance and the effectiveness of dental hygiene treatment.
- Accurately document information related to dental hygiene care through proper record keeping.
- Recognize and manage the professional and ethical issues of dental hygiene practice in a dynamic environment.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.