Thursday 8-9:50 AM
The purpose of this course is to enhance the student's ability to function as an effective member of the dental public health team and to develop the student’s appreciation of contributions the dental hygienist can make in all phases of a public health program. Discussion of the theory, methodology and application of the principles of public health, as related to oral health, and actual participation in community oral health projects will enable the student to utilize a basic systems approach to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate dental public health programs. Guest speakers in this course will serve to introduce students to career opportunities in various public health settings.
1. High quality professional oral health care should be accessible to all Americans.
2. It is the health care professional's responsibility to facilitate change in equal partnership with the community.
3. The community should be involved in all phases of public health care planning.
4. Community oral health involves more than just the assessment of disease incidence.
5. Effective public health programs are the result of careful, systematic planning.
6. The dental hygienist can be a valuable member of the dental public health team.
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.
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.
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).
5 points credit will be added to the lowest test grade for student participation in a community oral health program other than the course requirements. A maximum of 10 points can be earned. Community extra credit programs must be approved by the instructor, and must be completed by APRIL 27, 2012.
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)
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.
Dental Hygiene Honor System:
All Dental Hygiene courses adhere to the MSU Code of Conduct. In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity. A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct. A student should consult the current Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.
Many components of DNHY 4022 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including course resources, Internet sites, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers when answering objectives. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person. Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism.
Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification. If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) will be given for the quiz, assignment, etc. Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.
PLEASE NOTE: 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 for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity, and to detect for plagiarism.
Cell phone use (texting or verbal) is extremely disruptive to your fellow classmates and to the faculty teaching your course. Therefore, the use of cell phones will not be tolerated, FOR ANY REASON. If you utilize your cell phone it will be confiscated for the remainder of the scheduled day. Repeat offenders will be asked to leave the classroom and will be required to meet with the faculty and the chair of the Dental Hygiene Department. In cases of emergencies, please notify spouses, family and friends to contact you via the program secretary at 397-4764.
Water bottles, cell phones, hand-held calculators/computers are not allowed in the room during any examination. Possession of any of these items during an exam will be construed as academic dishonestly and will be dealt with accordingly.
MSU COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee
All Midwestern State University (MSU) students may legitimately appeal a course grade if 1) the student has not be evaluated according to the same criteria as his or her classmates, or 2) an error has been made in grading and/or posting (MSU Student Handbook, p. 37.) In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students has the responsibility to enforce standards of conduct for students as outlined in the MSU Student Handbook (p. 70-80).
When enrolled in the College of Health Sciences and Human Services (COHSHS), students are often assigned to community agencies, such as health care facilities, social service agencies, or athletic environments, as part of their academic process. During these experiences, the student is expected to behave in a manner required of professionals working in this environment. COHSHS students may also be required to successfully complete a licensing/certification process following graduation. As a result, students in these programs are often held to a different academic and/or behavioral standard than students in other MSU programs. For example, students may not be allowed to progress in a program if they have been unsuccessful (D or F) in a certain number of courses in the major. In these circumstances, COHSHS faculty and administration, all of whom have had similar professional experience, may make decisions which negatively impact students’ programmatic progress.
COHSHS students have a right to a review of decisions made by the program faculty, which prevent individuals from progressing in their program in a timely manner. However, those who participate in the review must understand the context of the professions involved. Therefore, issues concerning the professional conduct of students in the COHSHS will NOT be brought to the University Grade Committee, but to the COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee. Specifically, the COHSHS Student Conduct Appeals Committee will review faculty decisions related to:
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The Americans 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.