Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Preventive Dentistry and Dental Public Health 2

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Oral Rehabilitation and Community Care

DESCRIPTION This one year study-unit builds on the principles of preventive dentistry taught in Preventive Dentistry and Public Health 1.

It focuses on:

- Oral Health Care Systems
- Remuneration Systems
- The principles of Dental Public Health
- The role of General Preventive Strategies, including the use of Fluorides and Public Health Education, in the reduction of disease and inequalities.

The study-unit is designed so that the student is able to use the theoretical knowledge gained from these lectures and apply it to the various health care planning situations encountered as part of the practice of dental hygiene.

Study-unit Aims

- The aims of this study-unit is to provide knowledge on how diverse and alternative health care systems function. In addition the study-unit will provide an overview of public health policy and its implementation in health care systems.
- The oral health epidemiology of different populations will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Describe the role of General Preventive Strategies, including the use of Fluorides and Public Health Education, in the reduction of disease and inequalities;
- Link clinical practice and Dental Public Health;
- Describe the requirements for planning dental services.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Design a strategy to tackle a major oral heath problem;
- Apply oral health promotion from a practical aspect (during practice placement and on a one is to one basis when treating patients during clinical practice);
- Implement an evidence based approach to a clinical problem;
- Give a successful presentation on preventive dentistry which is of great importance to the work carried out by dental hygienists on a day to day basis.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

Main Texts:

Dental Public Health: Contemporary Practice for the Dental Hygienist; Christine Nielsen Nathe 2nd Ed. Prentice Hall 2004 ISBN-13:978-0-13-113444-7
Dental Public Health: A Primer; Meera Patel Radcliffe Publishing Ltd. ISBN-1857756479

Supplementary Reading:

Essentials of Dental Caries; Edwina Kidd
Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780198529781

Evidence-Based Dentistry: An Introduction; Allan Hackshaw, Elisabeth Paul, Elisabeth Davenport
Blackwell Publishing Limited
ISBN 9781405124966

Essential Dental Public Health; Blanaid Daly, Richard Watt, Paula Batchelor, and Elizabeth Treasure 2nd Ed.
Oxford University Press
ISBN 13.978-0199679379

Prevention of Oral Disease; John J Murray, June H Nunn, James G Steele
Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780192632791

ADDITIONAL NOTES Attendance to scheduled sessions, inclusive of lectures/tutorials, practical, laboratory and clinical components is compulsory. Students who do not attend at least 90% of the scheduled sessions will not be allowed to sit for any of the assessment components mentioned below.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (15 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 20%
Fieldwork SEM2 No 20%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 60%

LECTURER/S Anne-Marie Agius
Nikolai Attard
Pauline Vassallo
Ethel Vento Zahra

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