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DNHY 2012 - Community Dental Hygiene

Credit Hours: 3.00

Prerequisites: Admission into the Dental Hygiene Program; BIOL 1400 , DNHY 1310 , DNHY 1312 , DNHY 1314 , and DNHY 1315  all with grade C or better

Corequisites: DNHY 2010 , DNHY 2014 , and DNHY 2015  

This course will provide the student with knowledge regarding the foundation of community dentistry and its role in society. Students will explore the primary fields involved in assessing and improving the public’s dental health, including epidemiology and biostatistics. In addition, students will gain experience in evaluating scholarly dental literature.

Billable Contact Hours: 3

When Offered: Fall semester only

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Outcome 1: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to discuss multifaceted types of public health.


  1. Compare public health and dental public health.
  2. Compare dental public health and private dental care.
  3. Compare private dental hygiene practice with public dental hygiene practice.

Outcome 2: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to design a community dental health program.


  1. Choose services that promote oral health and prevention of oral disease.
  2. Plan, implement, and evaluate community-based oral health programs. 
  3. Discuss making decisions based on accepted scientific principles. 
  4. Discuss problem solving skills.
  5. Discuss specific learning theory models related to a target population.  
  6. Discuss current infection prevention and control resources in community-focused health care settings. 

Outcome 3: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to choose evidence-based literature.


  1. Discuss current epidemiologic concepts.
  2. Discuss current biostatistical concepts.
  3. Discuss dental indices utilized to assess target populations.
  4. Assess the credibility and potential hazards of dental products and techniques.
  5. Discuss ways to contribute to the knowledge base of dental hygiene.

Outcome 4: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to formulate effective communication.


  1. Formulate preventive counseling and health education to diverse populations.
  2. Elaborate on the need for patient advocacy.
  3. Construct written communication to allied health professionals.

• Communication: The graduate can communicate effectively for the intended purpose and audience.
• Critical Thinking: The graduate can make informed decisions after analyzing information or evidence related to the issue.
• Global Literacy: The graduate can analyze human behavior or experiences through cultural, social, political, or economic perspectives.
• Information Literacy: The graduate can responsibly use information gathered from a variety of formats in order to complete a task.
• Quantitative Reasoning: The graduate can apply quantitative methods or evidence to solve problems or make judgments.
• Scientific Literacy: The graduate can produce or interpret scientific information presented in a variety of formats.

CDO marked YES apply to this course:
Communication: YES
Critical Thinking: YES
Global Literacy: YES
Information Literacy: YES
Quantitative Reasoning: YES
Scientific Literacy: YES

Weeks 1 - 2: Research Poster Board Sessions; Public Health Vs Private Practice

Weeks 3 - 4: Community Dental Health; Careers in Community Dental Health

Weeks 5 - 6: Public Health/Community Dental Health Program Planning

Weeks 7 - 8: Evidence Based Research (MIDTERM)

Weeks 9 -10: Data Analysis

Weeks 11 - 12: Health Promotion

Weeks 13 - 14: Ethics & Cultural Competence

Weeks 15 - 16: Presentations Research Poster Board Sessions

Primary Faculty
Ellis, Barbara
Secondary Faculty

Associate Dean
Ellis, Barbara
Mirijanian, Narine

Official Course Syllabus - Macomb Community College, 14500 E 12 Mile Road, Warren, MI 48088

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