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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the context for Australian dental epidemiology. The topics covered are the history of and context for Australian dental epidemiology; an overview of Australian National Dental Health Surveys; the oral health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; epidemiological data and treatment provision; epidemiological information in policy making and planning; epidemiology of dental caries; epidemiology of periodontal disease; epidemiology of oral pathological conditions; and epidemiology of enamel defects, malocclusion and dry mouth.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) understand the history of, and context for, Australian dental epidemiology; (2) provide an overview of Australian National Dental Health Surveys; (3) provide an overview of the oral health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; (4) describe recent development in Australian dental epidemiology; (5) understand the relationship between epidemiological data and treatment provision, and the role of epidemiological information in informing policy making and planning; and (6) describe the measurement, descriptive epidemiology, natural history and methodological challenges of the following dental diseases: dental caries, periodontal disease, oral pathological conditions, enamel defects, malocclusion and dry mouth.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a written assignment; (2) a tutorial presentation; and (3) a quiz. Further information is available in the unit outline.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Estie Kruger
Unit rules
enrolment in
postgraduate degrees in dental primary and public health, public health, health science,
or with approval from the unit coordinator
Approved quota: 15—on first come, first served basis, if course entry requirements are met
Contact hours
3 hours per week
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