The Course
Foundations of public health practice
 
1.
Definition of health and public health
 
2.
Health promotion
 
3.
Health planning
 
4.
Evaluation of health programs
 
5.
Quality assurance and assessment
 
6.
Social networks for community health
 
7.
Surveillance of oral health problems
 
8.
Evidence-based healthcare: foundations
 
9.
Evidence-based healthcare: practice
 
10.
Social marketing of oral health
 
11.
Leadership and Management in Dental Public Health
 
12.
Case studies and final examination
Epidemiology and prevention
 
13.
Causality and associations, by Dr. Taylor
 
14.
Validity and reliability of detection methods , by Dr. Taylor
 
15.
Design of epidemiological studies, by Dr. Taylor
 
16.
Risk assessment in pubic health and patient care, by Dr. Taylor
 
17.
Epidemiology of dental caries, by Dr. Taylor
 
18.
Prevention of dental caries (oral hygiene & diet), by Dr. Ismail
 
19.
Prevention of dental caries (sealants and fluoride), by Dr. Ismail
 
20.
Epidemiology of periodontal diseases, by Dr. Taylor
 
21.
Prevention of periodontal diseases, by Dr. Taylor
 
22.
Epidemiology of oral cancer, by Dr. Taylor
 
23.
Prevention of oral cancer, by Dr. Ismail
 
24.
Epidemiology of tooth loss, by Dr. Taylor
 
25.
Epidemiology of TM Disorders, by Dr. Taylor
  26. Oral and systemic diseases (O-SD): diabetes, by Dr. Taylor
  27. Case studies and final examination, by Dr. Taylor
  28. Total for Epidemiology, by Dr. Taylor

The Course

This introductory course is designed for dentists and hygienists who are interested in learning to understand the foundation for public health practice, epidemiology, and prevention.  The course presents 31 audio lectures with PowerPoint slides on topics divided into two modules.

The first series of 12 lectures focus on discussing the foundation knowledge of public health, program planning, implementation and evaluation.  This module also includes lectures on oral health literacy, social networks, and evidence-based practice.  At the end of the series, there are studies and discussion questions.

The second module will focus on understanding the principles and application of epidemiology and prevention of oral and dental conditions.  This module will also present a discussion on the association between systemic and oral health.  At the end of each lecture, the students will be asked one or more questions.  Written responses will be required from those who take the course for credit.

Course objectives

  1. Provide foundation knowledge and enable students to discuss contemporary issues on public health, epidemiology, prevention, and promotion of health
  2. Introduce the concepts of health planning and evaluation
  3. Discuss the association between oral and systemic health
  4. Practice using case studies the concepts of covered in the course

Evaluation

The formative evaluation for the course will consist of two parts:

  1. Discussion questions and exercises after each lecture: 60%
  2. Two final case studies at the end of each module: 40%

The case studies and final examinations should be submitted in writing to Dr. Ismail (ismailai@temple.edu) or Dr. George W. Taylor (gwt@umich.edu), as indicated in the topics list. The grading will focus on content, ideas, clarity of the responses, and critical analysis.

Funding

Preparation of this course is funded by a grant from the HRSA Special Projects of National Significance, Innovations in Oral Health Initiative (Grant #H97HA07516). that was awarded to the Lutheran Medical Center and support from the School of Dentistry, University of Michigan.