Dental disease remains prevalent in Australia. The AIHW reports that in 2010, 55% of 6 year olds; 48% of 12 year olds in their deciduous and permanent dentitions, respectively. The burden of this disease is significant and falls inequitably on those who are the most socially disadvantaged and those least able to access expensive treatment. The most ethical and cost-effective manner of addressing oral disease is through preventative dental care. This unit of study will permit post-graduate students to gain an understanding of the factors that place an individual at risk of dental disease, including dental caries, oral cancer and periodontal disease. Students will examine the impact of such disease through a public health lens. Students will also learn the theoretical basis for preventative dental care and how this knowledge may be applied for population-level effect. Particular emphasis will be placed on the Australian context. The ability to source and identify high-quality information is key to the practice of public health. As such, students will learn how to search and critically analyse the dental evidence base in order to identify robust material. The course may also be suitable for other MPH and MIPH students who wish to obtain an understanding of oral health disease prevention and oral health promotion. Teaching in this topic will draw on the expertise of public health academics and clinical oral health professionals.
7 x 2 hr workshop/tutorial sessions.
Individual written assignments (70%), tutorial discussion and group-work participation (30%)
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