Dental Public Health

Course Details

Course Number: DNHY4022  Section Number: 01

Spring 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: 109

Days & Times:

Thursday 8-9:50 AM

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Barbara J DeBois RDH, MS   
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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student should be able to:
1. Identify and discuss issues central to community oral health programs.
2. Appreciate the necessity of addressing the five major issues central to community health programs, at each stage of the planning process.
3. Discuss the scope of each of the four elements of a systems approach to community oral health.
4. Describe and discuss the indices used to measure oral diseases.
5.  Assess the problems of oral disease using epidemiological and statistical methods.
6. Plan, implement, and evaluate a community oral health presentation utilizing the systems approach.
7. Demonstrate and explain the rationale for various teaching methodologies utilized for the community presentations, through a micro-teaching simulation.
8. Evaluate the reliability and validity of research studies.

Learning objectives related to specific topics are given for each class session.

Course Expectations

Two exams will be given for this course.  Both exams will be based on the written objectives for the class sessions involved and each will be comprehensive from the first class session.  No make-up exams will be given in this course. Any student missing an exam will be required to write a paper that is between 5 to 10 typewritten pages in length. 
Topics will pertain to the material covered by the exam, and must be instructor approved.

Community Project: 
During National Dental Health Month (February) each student will be required to participate in the assessment,
planning, implementation, and evaluation of a dental health program for designated area groups. The program
will also be presented to fellow dental hygiene students during micro-teaching simulations. Typewritten (double
spaced) reports will be submitted for grading purposes (one written report per team).

Grading Standards

Final Course Grade Consist of:       
30% Exam #1             
30% Exam #2         
20% Community Presentation    
20% Community Presentation Write-up                                            

Dental Hygiene Grading Scale
92-100 = A
83- 91  = B
75- 82  = C
64- 74  = D  (D constitutes failure in Dental Hygiene Dept.& course must be repeated)

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

More than two (2) absences for any reason will result in a loss of five (5) points from the FINAL COURSE
GRADE for EACH absence over the allowed 2.  In cases of extreme illness and/or hospitalization, individual
decisions may be made.  Two (2) tardies will be the equivalent of 1 absence.  If you are not in your chair, pen
and paper in hand, ready to begin at 8:00 AM promptly, you will be considered tardy.

Other Policies

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a  limited right in all intellectual property created
by the student for the purpose of this course.  The limited right shall include but shall not be limited to the right
to reproduce the student=s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and educational purposes. 

Cell Phones: 
The use of cell phones during lecture classes will not be tolerated, FOR ANY REASON. If you utilize
your cell phone without prior permission, the phone will be confiscated for the remainder of the
scheduled day.

The American With Disabilities Act:

Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual=s disability and complies with
Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act in its admission, accessibility, and employment of
individuals in programs and activities. MSU provides academic accommodations and auxiliary aids to
individuals with disabilities, as defined by law, who are otherwise qualified to meet academic employment
requirements. For assistance call (940) 397-4618 or (940) 397-4515.

It is the student=s responsibility to declare any disabilities.  After declaration, preferably at the beginning of
each semester, the student needs to contact individual instructors to determine any reasonable
accommodations that may be required.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.