Course Content and Outcome Guide for DH 253

Course Number:
DH 253
Course Title:
Community Oral Health III
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Course Description

Development, implementation and evaluation of dental health projects in the community.

Addendum to Course Description

Completion of DH 252 with a grade of "C" or higher is necessary prior to enrolling in this course.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Oral presentation of results of student-run dental health project including implementation and evaluation phases.
  2. Complete a minimum number of service learning experiences within the community.
  3. Attendance at guest lecture sessions.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Service learning and final reflections
  • Implementation and evaluation of student run project
  • Current and local community health issues
  • Legislative initiatives affecting dental hygiene practice
  • The six roles of the dental hygienist
  • The future of dental hygiene related to community needs.


  1. Implement the population-specific dental health education program developed the previous term
  2. Evaluate the success of the overall project using criteria assessment and evaluation techniques.
  3. Disseminate the results by writing a final report on the project which includes raw data, recommendations and summative evaluation.
  4. Complete assignments to community groups or facilities who request or show a need for oral health education services.
  5. Provide dental hygiene services to clients of a contracting community health facility on a rotation basis.