This unit of study has been developed by academics in the University's Charles Perkins Centre, an interdisciplinary education and research hub where researchers produce novel solutions to chronic disease. This Open Learning Environment will further deepen your understanding about the importance of oral health and its substantial impact on general health and society. This is something you may not think in a first instance when you think of teeth, dental decay and bleeding gums. This OLE is designed for a broad audience, but it will be particularly interesting for those studying health, law, psychology, business, ethics, economics, science or social science. This OLE will extend for you the interactions between local oral diseases and medical conditions, and how health burdens challenge science and society. This OLE is worth 2 credit points and builds on knowledge gained while completing the credit point OLE. Why is understanding oral health important? Poor oral health is a global burden and is linked to global health burdens including cardiovascular disease, and diabetes mellitus, but also medical conditions including adverse pregnancy outcomes. Oral health is embedded in a complex interrelationship with various physiological processes modulating chronic disease development, its prevention and its therapy. The management and understanding of chronic health burdens, including poor oral health, is a challenge for health practitioners, researchers and social systems. You will learn how to: 1. Explain basic characteristics of good and poor oral health 2. Describe how local disease affects medical conditions 3. Explain the mutual interactions between chronic diseases and populations, social systems and health care 4. Use their knowledge for the interpretation of and application to health care and diseases in societies and political systems By doing this OLE you will develop an understanding of how chronic diseases contribute to the health burdens, their interactions and implications for health care and the impact this has on society as a whole.
As this unit is an Open Learning Environment unit of study and is completely online, there are no attendance requirements.
(70%) Online Assessment, (30%) Formal Assesment
There is no dedicated textbook for this unit. The unit is hosted through Canvas - the University's Learning Management System (LMS) where a repository of resources will be housed that will be available to all enrolled students. Currently existing online resources will be sourced through Youtube, Khan Academy TedEd and recognised health organisations. Other resources will be created with the assistance of a dedicated educational designer; these will include quizzes, videos (presentations, interviews, case studies), links to published papers, summaries and factsheets, and podcasts.