Department of Dental Public Health/Information Management: Curriculum



CDENT 2110 CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGY 2 units
The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the concepts and methods of epidemiological research. Special emphasis will be given to the area of clinical epidemiology so that students will be able to understand how clinical research becomes the foundation for clinical practice. In addition to lectures, students will be expected to search the dental literature for relevant papers.

CDENT 2112 DENTL RESEARCH DESGN & METHLGY 2 units
Students will be introduced to the concepts of research design and epidemiological research. Emphasis will be given to the area of clinical epidemiology so that students will understand how clinical research becomes the foundation for clinical practice. Various systems employed for classifying types of research will be presented including both biological and behavioral sciences approaches. Particular emphasis will be placed on the proper design of clinical trials, research paradigms and various methods that can be employed to control for sources of extraneous variance.

CDENT 2113 DENTAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 1 2 units
The focus of this course will be applied and, as such, students will be required to employ statistical software packages for the analysis of dentally relevant data files. Students will be encouraged to develop, collect, encode and analyze their own data sets. Particular emphasis will be placed on analysis of variance techniques involving repeated measures and factorial designs. The interpretation of computer printouts will be paramount. A very brief introduction to the concept of multivariate analysis will also be presented.

CDENT 2114 DENTAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 2 2 units
Course familiarizes students with concepts and methods of research design & measurement in dental medicine. Various systems employed for classifying types of research are presented, including biological & behavioral science approaches. Particular emphasis will be placed on proper design of clinical trials, research paradigms, scientific writing, & methods that can be employed to control for sources of extraneous variance. As a result, students will understand how clinical research becomes a foundation for clinical practice, be able to critically review dental research literature.

CDENT 2183 SCIENTIFIC WRITING 1 unit
The component parts of the research paper will be presented and the differences between writing for the thesis or dissertation and a journal manuscript will be presented.

CDENT 5110 EXTERNSHIP PRACTICE 1 0 units
This clinical externship places senior dental students in a remote site doing patient care and community service management to encourage dental graduates to practice in rural areas which presently receive inadequate full dental services. Clinical dentistry is practiced on a medical assistance population and the handicapped with the idea of total dental care to all population groups.

CDENT 5111 DATA INTERPRETATION 1 unit
The primary emphasis of this course is to give students an understanding of statistical issues as a basis for interpreting the dental literature. Emphasis is placed on understanding how research designs and statistical analysis of research articles relate to the conclusions that can be drawn.

CDENT 5120 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 0 units
This course will familiarize the student with concepts of practice administration that will be required for him/her to enter the practice of dentistry.

CDENT 5140 EXTERNSHP PRACT & HOSPITL DENT 0 units
This externship permits the senior dental student working one-on-one with a hospital staff dentist to complete one full denture in a hospital setting on medically compromised geriatric patients. In addition the student will understand the operation of a dental clinic within a hospital setting.

CDENT 5150 EXTERNSHP PRACT & HOSPITL DENT 0 units
This hospital externship rotates senior dental students through a general practice clerkship or through an oral surgery program. General practice hospital rotations involve treatment of any patient with emphasis on medically compromised patients and education in hospital procedures as they relate to the dental service. The oral surgery student is under the direct assignment of the chief resident and participates with the junior residents in all aspects of their oral surgery education, care, and hospital responsibilities.

CDENT 5160 EXTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE 3 0 units
This externship will allow senior dental students to gain clinical experience in treating mentally retarded and multiple handicapped adults in an institutional setting. The dental student will understand treatment planning and modified care where necessary due to the health status of the patient.

CDENT 5170 OAKMONT GERIATRIC CLERKSHIP 0 units
This externship will give senior dental students exposure to a nursing care facility and its geriatric population. They will integrate the multiple medical, physical and psychological conditions with their dental and oral requirements. Having completed this rotation, the dental student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the elderly and limitations to ideal dental treatment plans.

CDENT 5213 CARIOLOGY 1 unit
Goal is to introduce concepts related to etiology, diagnosis, treatment & prevention of dental caries. Those include: (1) understanding specific microbial components present in dental plaque are responsible for development of dental decay; (2) use of microbiological & salivary parameters as diagnostic tools to determine the risk for developing dental caries; (3) ident of parameters of host susceptibility to dental caries & of caries-conductive dietary practices; (4) knowledge of mechanical/ antimicrobial/dietary treatment & preventative strategies to control dvlp dental caries.

CDENT 5280 CARIOLOGY & MGMT OF CARIES 2 units
This course will present instruction in the management of caries. Topics covered include remineralization, provisional resin restorations and fluoride treatment. The design of cavity preparations for root caries will be discussed.

CDENT 5281 SCOPE 1 3 units
The scope program is aimed at developing cultural competence and instilling a sense of community service. All students complete or attend five days of non-dental community service activities; four sessions of the journal club for health care to disadvantage and vulnerable populations given by the school of medicine and two seminars given by the school of dental medicine's department of dental public health.

CDENT 5311 PRACTICE ADMINISTRATION 2 units
This course introduces students to the management concepts required in dental practice. Material is presented on managing the following areas of dental practice: personnel, insurance, equipment purchasing, legal responsibilities, accounting, computer usage, record keeping and other crucial areas. Although focusing primarily on private dental practice, alternative practice options are discussed, including hmos, hospitals, and publicly funded dental services.

CDENT 5313 INTRO TO DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH 1 unit
The course will introduce students to the concept of the "community as a patient". The focus of the course is on organized efforts to address disease causes and cures on a population level. Students will be introduced to the concepts of epidemiology, research design, dental disease measurement and classification and distribution in society. Material will be presented on the social and economic barriers to dental care, determinants of utilization of dental services and demographic factors of importance in dentistry.

CDENT 5341 PRACTICE ADMINISTRATION 2 units
This course introduces students to the management concepts required in dental practice. Material is presented on man aging the following areas of dental practice: personnel, insurance, equipment purchasing, legal responsibilities, accounting, computer usage, record keeping and other crucial areas. Although focusing primarily on private dental practice, alternative practice options are discussed, including hmos, hospitals and publicly funded dental services.

CDENT 5343 INTRO TO DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH 1 unit
The course will introduce students to the concept of the "community as a patient". The focus of the course is on organized efforts to address disease causes and cures on a population level. Students will be introduced to the concepts of epidemiology, research design, dental disease measurement and classification and distribution in society. Material will be presented on the social and economic barriers to dental care, determinants of utilization of dental services and demographic factors of importance in dentistry.

CDENT 5370 INTRO TO DENTL PUBLIC HEALTH 2 1 unit
This is the second term of a two term course that introduces the student to concepts of dental public health. Topics include: how to critically read the literature, how to identify scientific information on the world wide web and medline, brief discussions of oral epidemiology, and the community as a patient from the public health perspective.

CDENT 5371 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 1 unit
This course introduces students to the management concepts required in dental practice. Material is presented on managing the following areas of dental practice: personnel, insurance, equipment purchasing, legal responsibilities, accounting, computer usage, record keeping and other crucial areas. Although focusing primarily on private dental practice, alternative practice options are discussed, including homs hospitals, and publicly funded dental services.

CDENT 5380 DENTAL ETHICS AND LAW 1 unit
This course will examine ethical issues related to the concepts of a code of ethics and its importance to a profession will be examined, specifically the american dental association code of ethics and its relevance to the practice of dentistry.

CDENT 5381 INTRO TO DENTL PUBLIC HEALTH 1 1 unit
This course will introduce students to the concept of the "community as a patient". The focus of the course is on organized efforts to address disease causes and cures on a population level. Students will be introduced to the concepts of epidemiology, research design, dental disease measurement and classification and distribution in society. Material will be presented on the social and economic barriers to dental care, determinants of utilization of dental services and demographic factors of importance in dentistry.

CDENT 5392 INTRO TO DENTL PUBLIC HEALTH 2 1 unit
This is the second segment of a two segment course that introduces the student to concepts of dental public health. Topics include: how to critically read the literature, how to identify scientific information on the world wide web and medline, brief discussions of oral epidemiology, and the community as a patient from the public health perspective.

CDENT 5412 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 1 unit
This course introduces students to the management concepts required in dental practice. Material is presented on managing the following areas of dental practice: personnel, insurance, equipment purchasing, legal responsibilities, accounting, computer usage, record keeping and other crucial areas. Although focusing primarily on private dental practice, alternative practice options are discussed, including homs hospitals, and publicly funded dental services.

CDENT 5413 INTRO TO DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH 1 unit
The course will introduce students to the concept of the "community as a patient". The focus of the course is on organized efforts to address disease causes and cures on a population level. Students will be introduced to the concepts of epidemiology, research design, dental disease measurement and classification and distribution in society. Material will be presented on the social and economic barriers to dental care, determinants of utilization of dental services and demographic factors of importance in dentistry.

CDENT 5900 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1 unit min / 3 units max
This independent externship is for a senior dental student who seeks a dental school approved rotation which is individually prescribed to address a particular interest the student wants to pursue within dentistry. The program which is often tailored to one aspect of dentistry allows enrichment to the student's education which none of our established programs in school or externships provide.

CDENT 5910 WESTMORELAND HOSP EXTERNSHIP 0 units
This clinical externship places senior dental students in a remote site doing patient care and community service management to encourage dental graduates to practice in rural areas which presently receive inadequate full dental services. Clinical dentistry is practiced on a medical assistance population and the handicapped with the idea of total dental care to all population groups.

CDENT 5911 WESTMORELAND HOSP EXTERNSHIP 0 units
This clinical externship places senior dental students in a remote site doing patient care and community service management to encourage dental graduates to practice in rural areas which presently receive inadequate full dental services. Clinical dentistry is practiced on a medical assistance population and the handicapped with the idea of total dental care to all population groups.

CDENT 5912 OAKLAND VA HOSPITAL 0 units
This externship permits the senior dental student working one-on-one with a hospital staff dentist to complete one full denture in a hospital setting on medically compromised geriatric patients. In addition the student will understand the operation of a dental clinic within a hospital setting.

CDENT 5913 FORENSIC ODONTOLOGY 1 unit
This course will provide a current overview of forensic dentistry; demonstrating its variety and complexity and emphasizing the need for advanced education in this field. Topics covered will include an overview of the forensic sciences, dental identification, mass disaster management, bite and patterned skin mark analysis, analysis of dental records and forensic documentation.

CDENT 5914 ROBINSON CENTER EXTERNSHIP 0 units
This externship will allow senior dental students to gain clinical experience in treating mentally handicapped and multiple handicapped adults in an institutional setting. The dental student will gain understanding in treatment planning and modified care were necessary due to the health status of the patient.

CDENT 5915 OAKMONT GERIATRIC EXTERNSHIP 0 units
This externship will give senior dental students exposure to a nursing care facility and its geriatric population. They will integrate with multiple medical, physical and psychological conditions with their dental and oral requirements. Having completed this externship, the dental student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the elderly and limitations to ideal dental treatment plans.

CDENT 5916 READINGS IN DENTL PUBLIC HLTH 2 units
This course is for students wishing to expand their knowledge of the literature in dental public health. Students will be given directed reading assignments and papers will be discussed in seminar. Topics covered include: prevention, oral epidemiology, dental health services research, and dental program design and evaluation.

CDENT 5917 COMMUNITY DENTISTRY 3 units
This course provides students with an opportunity to learn about the need for dental care in underserved communities and the community oriented programming designed to address those needs. The course consists of a didactic component where students are exposed to the social and epidemiological basis of oral disease. The second part consists of preparing a paper in which the student discusses the experiences encountered during their off site experience.

CDENT 5918 APPLIED PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 3 units
The applied practice management course is designed to provide exposure to the applied application of practice management principles, theory and techniques. Students will be required to shadow the office manager in private dental practice and experience first hand practice management concepts.

CDENT 5919 DENTISTRY AS A PROFESSION 2 units
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to speak to high school and college students on the opportunities in the dental profession. Students shall be required to design a presentation on dentistry and present at several locations.

CDENT 5940 OAKLAND VA HOSPITAL 0 units
This externship permits the senior dental student working one-on-one with a hospital staff dentist to complete one full denture in a hospital setting on medically compromised geriatric patients. In addition the student will understand the operation of a dental clinic within a hospital setting.

CDENT 5941 WESTMORELAND HOSP EXTERNSHIP 0 units
This clinical externship places senior dental students in a remote site doing patient care and community service management to encourage dental graduates to practice in rural areas which presently receive inadequate full dental services. Clinical dentistry is practiced on a medical assistance population and the handicapped with the idea of total dental care to all population groups.

CDENT 5943 PROBLEM BASED LEARNING DENT PH 2 units
This is a case-based course in dental public health. Students must work in small groups to solve problems that represent those found by dental public health practitioners. This course requires independent study and creative approaches to problem solving using sound evidence-based reasoning.

CDENT 5944 ROBINSON CENTER EXTERNSHIP 0 units
This externship will allow senior dental students to gain clinical experience in treating mentally handicapped and multiple handicapped adults in an institutional setting. The dental student will gain understanding in treatment planning and modified care where necessary due to the health status of the patient.

CDENT 5945 OAKMONT GERIATRIC EXTERNSHIP 0 units
This externship will give senior dental students exposure to a nursing care facility and its geriatric population. They will integrate with multiple medical, physical and psychological conditions with their dental and oral requirements. Having completed this externship, the dental student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the elderly and limitations to ideal dental treatment plans.

CDENT 5946 FORENSIC ODONTOLOGY 1 unit
This course will provide a current overview of forensic dentistry; demonstrating its variety and complexity and emphasizing the need for advanced education in this field. Topics covered will include an overview of the forensic sciences, dental identification, mass disaster management, bite and patterned skin mark analysis, analysis of dental records and forensic documentation.

CDENT 5947 COMMUNITY DENTISTRY 3 units
This course provides students with an opportunity to learn about the need for dental care in underserved communities and the community oriented programming designed to address those needs. The course consists of a didactic component where students are exposed to the social and epidemiological basis of oral disease. The second part consists of preparing a paper in which the student discusses the experiences encountered during their off site experience.

CDENT 5948 APPLIED PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 3 units
The applied practice management course is designed to provide exposure to the applied application of practice management principles, theory and techniques. Students will be required to shadow an office manager in a private dental practice and experience first-hand practice management concepts.

CDENT 5949 SCOPE 2 3 units
This course is open to third and fourth year dental students and is structured to: 1) foster civic and social responsibility; 2) foster a sense of caring for others; 3) focus on family and patient centered care; and 4) identify community needs and provide care to these populations. Each participant must participate in five days (40 hours) of clinical dentistry at a sdm related community facility, maintain a reflective journal regarding their community clinical experience, attend community health forums presented by the som and public health seminars given by either the sdm's department of community dentistry, or public health related seminars given by other members of the schools of the health professions.

CDENT 5950 ALLEGHENY GENERAL HOSP EXTERN 0 units
This hospital externship rotates senior dental students through a general practice clerkship or through an oral surgery program. General practice hospital rotations involve treatment of any patient with emphasis on medically compromised patients and education in hospital procedures as they relate to the dental service. The oral surgery student is under the direct assignment of the chief resident and participates with junior residents in all aspects of their oral surgery education, care, and hospital responsibilities.

CDENT 5960 ROBINSON CENTER EXTERNSHIP 0 units
This externship will allow senior dental students to gain clinical experience in treating mentally retarded and multiple handicapped adults in an institutional setting. The dental student will understand treatment planning and modified care where necessary due to the health status of the patient.

CDENT 5970 GERIATRIC EXTERNSHIP - OAKMONT 0 units
This externship will give senior dental students exposure to a nursing care facility and its geriatric population. They will integrate with multiple medical, physical and psychological conditions with their dental and oral requirements. Having completed this rotation, the dental student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the elderly and limitations to ideal dental treatment plans.

CDENT 5971 POLICY DEVELOPMENT IN DENTISTRY 2 units
This seminar provides a forum for discussion on the way in which dentistry and government interact. Students will become familiar with where dental-related policy is developed and how they may have a role in affecting that policy at the local, state and federal levels. The class includes field trips to local health departments and washington, dc.

CDENT 5976 MONTEFIORE HOSPITAL EXTERNSHIP 0 units
This hospital externship rotates senior dental students through a surgery program. The student is under the direct assignment of the chief resident and participates with junior residents in all aspects of their oral surgery education, care and hospital responsibilities.

CDENT 5980 MONTEFIORE HOSPITAL EXTERNSHIP 0 units
This hospital externship rotates senior dental students through a surgery program. The student is under the direct assignment of the chief resident and participates with junior residents in all aspects of their oral surgery education, care and hospital responsibilities.