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Dental Hygiene Entry-Level Traditional Program Course Descriptions

Courses required by the UMMC School of Dentistry's Dental Hygiene entry-level traditional program include:
  • DH 302. Dental Hygiene Principles & Practice I. An introduction to the "Dental Hygiene Process of Care" with emphasis on professionalism, infection control, data collection protocol and patient assessment. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)
  • DH 305. Dental Hygiene Instrumentation. Development and application of the fundamentals of instrumentation. (Lecture/Lab) (3 semester hours)
  • DH 309. Dental Anatomy and Occlusion. A study of dental anatomy and physiology. Focus is on developmental and anatomical differences among teeth, root morphology and anomalies, and includes an introduction to static and dynamic occlusion. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 312. Primary Preventive Dentistry. Focuses on the science and practice of preventive dental care. The etiology and associated risk factors of common oral diseases are presented. The measures that promote oral health and prevent disease are emphasized: tooth brushing, toothpastes, and mouth rinses, interproximal cleaning, diet modification, fluorides, sealants and oral risk assessments. Also included are health promotion theories and prevention of oral disease in various life stages. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)
  • DH 313. Radiology I. Study of radiology and its use in dentistry as a diagnostic aid. Theories of exposure, processing, evaluation and interpretation of normal and abnormal structures are taught for both digital and film-based image capture. An emphasis is placed on normal anatomic structures viewed in periapical and panoramic surveys. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 315. Oral Histology And Embryology. A study of the histology of teeth and surrounding structures. A survey of the elements of embryology of the head and neck, especially related to the development of the teeth, dental arches, salivary glands, buccal mucosa, pharynx and tongue. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 316. Pathophysiology. A study of the pathology and oral health management of disease. Topics include functions of the cells, tissues, organs and organ systems and how they relate to the disease process, along with the inflammatory process and immunologic response. Emphasizes normal and pathological responses to illness as related to the evaluation and treatment of the dental patient. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)
  • DH 317. Medical Emergencies Related to the Dental Office. A comprehensive study in the prevention, management, recognition, treatment and disposition of medical emergencies that may occur in the dental office. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 321. Head and Neck Anatomy. A detailed study of the skeletal, muscular, vascular and neural features of the head and neck. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 326. Dental Hygiene Principles & Practice II. Expands on Dental Hygiene Principles & Practice I through additional lecture and laboratory sessions. Additional clinical procedures and practice will include nutritional counseling, sharpening of instruments, placement of chemotherapeutic and desensitizing agents, placement of sealants, caries detection techniques, use of ultrasonics and air polishers, and taking impressions for study models and bleaching trays. Prerequisites: Fall junior year courses. (Lecture/Lab) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 327. Patient Care I. The development and application of clinical skills in assessment, care plans, implementation and evaluation of care. Prerequisite: DH 326 (Clinical rotation) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 328. Radiology II. Expands the student's knowledge of the didactic portion of DH 313 Radiology I. Radiographic surveys via the paralleling technique are exposed and evaluated. Panoramic radiographs are also exposed. (Lecture/Lab) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 331. Periodontics I. An introduction to periodontics. The focus is on biological and clinical aspects of periodontology including histopathology, etiology, diagnosis and treatment planning of periodontal diseases. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 332. Scientific Foundations. A study of the functions of the cells, tissues, organs and organ systems and how they relate to the disease process. The inflammatory process including the immunologic response and healing will be included. (Lecture) (3 semester hours)
  • DH 405. Patient Care II. Students will expand on the application of patient care to a diversified population. Emphasis on establishing competence in preventive and therapeutic procedures. Prerequisites: DH 326 and DH 327 (3 semester hours)
  • DH 406. Dental Public Health I. An introduction to the history, principles, and ethics of dental public health in the US and worldwide. Included in this course are concepts of dental health preventive modalities and cultural competency. Traditional Lecture (1 credit hour)
  • DH 407. Pharmacology I. This course presents introductory principles of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics. Characteristics and uses of major drug groups in relation to patient care are discussed. Traditional Lecture (1 semester hour)
  • DH 408. Pharmacology II. A study of drug actions and their mechanisms when introduced to the body under specific conditions and the reactions of the body to these drugs. Special emphasis is placed on pharmacological knowledge that will provide more effective care of the patient by the dental hygienist. Traditional Lecture (2 credit hours)
  • DH 409 Dental Public Health II. This course will provide readings, discussion, and practical experiences related to planning, implementation, and evaluation of the teaching/learning process in community settings. An emphasis on field work experiences across various populations will occur. Traditional Lecture/Lab (2 credit hours)
  • DH 413 Dental Public Health III. This course will provide a continuation of the didactic knowledge and skills obtained in DH 406 and DH 409 with a continued focus on practical experiences in community settings. Epidemiology and dental public health theory is also a focus of this course. Traditional Lecture (1 credit hour)
  • DH 416. Oral Pathology. This course is a study of the definition, distribution, causality, resolution and outcomes of pathological conditions affecting the head and neck with emphasis on the oral and perioral areas. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 417. Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene I. This course provides students with a practical knowledge of the research process and serves as an introduction to research design. Primary emphasis consist of critical reviews of dental hygiene research studies and their application to clinical practice. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)
  • DH 418. Dental Hygiene Principles & Practice III. Expand on the "Dental Hygiene Principles & Practice" courses with continued discussion on theoretical, practical and ethical concepts in dental hygiene. Specific emphasis on dental hygiene care of patients with various systemic, mental, physical disorders and/or special needs will be covered. Prerequisites: All courses in previous semester. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 420. Pain and Anxiety Management. The course describes method used to control pain, fear, and anxiety in the dental office. The safe and effective administration of nitrous oxide sedation and administration of local anesthesia is covered. (2 semester hours)
  • DH 423. Biomaterials of Dentistry. Introduction to biomaterials employed in dentistry. Techniques and materials utilized in the clinical environment will be practiced in the "Principles and Practice II Lab. Prerequisites: All courses in previous semesters. (Lecture) (2 semester hours)
  • DH 431. Periodontics II. Builds on the foundation knowledge presented in Periodontics I with emphasis on recognition, therapeutic surgical and non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease. Prerequisites: DH 331 (Lecture) (1 semester hour)
  • DH 433. Patient Care III. A continuation of comprehensive patient care services with emphasis on establishing entry-level competence in preventive and therapeutic procedures. (Clinical rotation) (4 semester hours)
  • DH 444. Practice Management and Dental Specialties. This course provides students with the legal, practical and ethical concepts in the provision of oral health care and the foundational concepts for the business aspects of the profession. (Lecture) (4 semester hours)
  • DH 445. Evidence-Based Dental Hygiene II. Designed to provide students with an opportunity to expand research knowledge in two dimensions: principles and applications. Students will develop evidence-based decision making skills for identifying, searching for, and interpreting scientific research that can be used in the delivery of patient care. The course will culminate with the development and presentation of a table clinic at a professional meeting. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)
  • DH 446. Case Studies. A review of the oral health literature related to patient care. Emphasis is placed on clinical reasoning and decision-making in the treatment of the periodontal or unique clinic patient, resulting in a written and verbal presentation. (Lecture) (1 semester hour)