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Unit Overview


This unit will introduce the concepts of public and population dental health and how they relate to dental practice. The principles of research methodology and evidence-based dental practice will be taught and students will learn how to choose and use the relevant sources of information to guide their clinical dental practice.

Professional Behaviour Requirements - Please refer to the Dental School Handbook regarding requirements and consequences of non-compliance, which can delay course progression and/or graduation, depending on circumstances.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) discuss aspects of population oral health, epidemiology, and primary oral health care and explain strategies for health promotion, screening and disease prevention.; (2) appraise the literature on the epidemiology of oral diseases.; (3) explain structural, commercial, intermediate and proximal determinants of oral health.; (4) understand concepts of oral health promotion and develop oral health promotion activities to meet the needs of priority populations.; (5) outline the principles of research design.; (6) apply the principles of evidence-based practice (scientific method, research methodology and statistical analysis); (7) demonstrate the ability to access, select and use recent, reliable and authoritative sources of relevant information including the use of information technology; (8) understand concepts of oral health care delivery and identify enablers and barriers to oral health care in Australia.; and (9) display professional behaviour in community settings..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessments; (2) practical assessments; and (3) professional conduct. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the written assessments, practical assessments, and professional conduct components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mohammed Junaid
Unit rules
Enrolment in
91860 Doctor of Dental Medicine (ID 1489)
DENT3005 General Medicine and Pharmacology (ID 7973) DENT3006 Biofilm Sciences and Cariology (ID 7974) DENT3007 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 1 (ID 7975)
Approved quota: 56—50 domestic and 6 international places
Contact hours
3 lectures per week
2 hours workshop/practical classes
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.