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DENT3008 Dental Public Health and Research Methodology

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
Students are able to (1) discuss aspects of public and population health, epidemiology, and primary health care and explain strategies for health maintenance, promotion, screening and disease prevention; (2) appraise the literature on the epidemiology of dental disease; (3) explain the barriers and enablers to dental care among priority populations and develop oral health promotion activities to meet the needs of priority populations explain the formation, composition, function, pathology and virulence of dental biofilms; (4) analyse the private practice and public dental sectors in Australia; (5) outline the principles of research design; (6) apply the principles of evidence-based practice (scientific method, research methodology and statistical analysis); and (7) demonstrate the ability to access, select and use recent, reliable and authoritative sources of relevant information including the use of information technology.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assessments and (2) practical assessments. 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 and practical assessments components.

Supplementary assessment is available for those students who obtain an overall mark of at least 45 in this unit, provided they have also i) obtained a mark of at least 45 in a specified component (barrier component) of the unit, and (ii) passed the professional behaviour assessment
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Omar Kujan
Unit rules
DENT3001 Body Systems 1; DENT3002 Body Systems 2; DENT3003 Anatomy and Oral Sciences; DENT3004 Introduction to Clinical Dentistry.
DENT3005 General Medicine and Pharmacology; DENT3006 Biofilm Sciences and Cariology; DENT3007 Fundamentals of Clinical Dentistry 1
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.