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Course Code: 
DENT 590
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Course Objectives: 
The aim of this course is to develop students’ fundamental knowledge , awareness and skills in the provision and financing oral and dental health using the methodologies utilized in public oral and dental healthcare. Furthermore, the course aims to develop students’ skills in planning, performing and assesment of research directed towards the public. The practical portion of the course aims to increase students’ fundamental knowledge and awareness in enhancing oral and dental health literacy of elementary school students their parents by planning, application and assessment of public studies.
Course Content: 

Basic principles of public oral and dental health studies, ,indicators of oral health, objective and subjective evaluation of public oral health, epidemiological studies, health education, protection and development of oral health, oral health literacy, preventive and oral health development studies performed at the public level, evidence based dentistry, ethics, presentation and financing of oral health services, human power, health communication, benefiting from oral health services, inequalities in oral health. Practical portion: Studies directed towards increasing the oral health literacy of children and parents in the school environment by taking into consideration the cognitive and motor development of children; utilization and evaluation of these studies, preparation of education materials used in these studies, health education using the drama method, preparation of parent education brochure using scientific evidence., sharing of results as scientific reports.

Course Methodology: 
1. Lecture 2. Case presentation 3. Problem solving 4. Discussion 5. Group studies
Course Evaluation Methods: 
1. Presentation 2. Homework

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Course Learning Outcomes

Course learning outcomes  Program Learning Outcomes  Teaching methods  Assessment methods 
By the end of the course, the student should be able to ;    1,2,3,4,5 1,2
Define the fundamental principles of public oral and dental health studies, studies performed at a public level and research methodologies  7,13 1,2,3,4 1,2
Determine  the oral and dental health status of the public using objective and subjective indicators.  3,5,6, 7,13,  1,2,3 1,2
Analyze the presentation and financing of oral health services and their utilization level in our country.  7,13,14 1,2,3 1,2
Evaluate the oral health status of our country and compare it with other countries. 14,15 1,2,3,4,5 1,2
Interpret the results of evidence based public research and apply these results when planning a program.  
1,7, 11, 13,15 1,2,3,4,5 1,2
Acquire basic level of information in oral health literacy and health education and possess the skill to apply and plan such programs.  4, 7,13 1,2,3,4,5 1,2

Analyze factors related with health system and social determinants  contributing  to the inequalities in oral health both in our country and other nations and bring suggestions for resolution. 

7,13,14,15 1,2,3 1,2
Select the fluoride utilization methods to be used in programs for the reduction of dental caries at a public level and make risk analysis.  6,7,11,13,14,15 1,2,3,4,5 1,2
Acquire knowledge and skills for the planning, application and assessment of studies directed towards increasing oral health literacy of elementary students and their parents.              7,13 1,2,3 1,2
Increase the capacity to apply clinical indices and surveys for oral health assessment as well as the interpretation of results.  3,5,6, 7,13,  1,2,3 1,2
Acquire the skills to prepare oral health education materials.  7,11,13,15 1,2,3 1,2
Capture the significance of teamwork in public studies.  4,15 1,2,3 1,2
Acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to prepare scientific reports. 1,15 1,2,3 1,2
Acquire communication skills.
4, 12 1,2,3 1,2
Acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for the oral and health education of the public.  7,12,13,14 1,2,3 1,2
Acquire the necessary knowledge and skills for the planning, application and assessment of  the oral and health literacy of students, elementary school students and parents.  7,13 1,2,3 1,2

Course Flow

Week  Topics  Preliminary studies
1 Planning stages of studies for increasing the oral health literacy at the school environment   
2 Ethics in public studies ( Preparation of the ethical committee documents and receipt of the permission from Istanbul Public Health Management )   
3 Planning  of clinical examination and survey forms used in studies   
4 Veli ve çocuk sağlık eğitimi materyallerinin hazırlanması   
5 Informing dental students about the indices and surveys used in fieldwork and provision of standardization prior to the study.  
6 Provision of standardization in terms of the fundamental information given to children on brushing and dental flossing methods as well as nutrition and fluoride.   
7 FIELDWORK - 1. St Group  ( Meeting students, surveys and clinical examinations, interactive oral health education and brushing skills education at the classroom environment)   
8 FIELDWORK - 2.nd Group  ( Meeting students, surveys and clinical examinations, interactive oral health education and brushing skills education at the classroom environment)  
9 FIELDWORK - 1.st  Group  (Oral health, dental flossing and brushing education and enhancement using the drama method)   
10 FIELDWORK - 2.nd  Group (Oral health, dental flossing and brushing education and enhancement using the drama method)  
11 FIELDWORK - 1.st  Group   ( Parent education, application of last surveys and clinical examinations, distribution of certificates of participation)   
12 SAHA ÇALIŞMASI- 2.nd  Group  ( Parent education, application of last surveys and clinical examinations, distribution of certificates of participation)  
13 Preparation of the study in a scientific format and presentation  
14 Sharing the results of the fieldwork with the students   

Recommended Sources

Course Notes   
Course hand-outs, powerpoint presentations provided by the course instructor 


Other resources 
  1. Blánaid Daly,Paul Batchelor,Elizabeth Treasure,Richard Watt . Essential Dental Public Health,  second edition. United Kingdom, Oxford University Press, 2013.
  2.  CM Marya.  A Textbook of Public Health Dentistry. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers  Ltd, 2011
  3. Saydam G, Oktay İ, Möller, I. Türkiyede Ağız Diş Sağlığı Durum Analizi. Dünya Sağlık Örgütü Avrupa Bölgesi–Sağlık Bakanlığı, Ankara, 1990. 
  4. Gökalp S, Güçiz Doğan B. Türkiye Ağız-Diş Sağlığı

              Profili, 2004. T.C. Sağlık Bakanlığı Ana Çocuk Sağlığı ve

              Aile Planlaması Basımevi, 2006.

  1. World Health Organization, Oral Health Surveys: Basic Methods, 5th ed. Geneva: 2013.
  2. Çetin Akar. Türkiye’de  Ağız-Diş Sağlığı Hizmetlerinin  Strateji Değerlendirmesi. Türk Dişhekimleri Birliği  Yayınları  Araştırma Dizisi: 9, Ankara, 2014.  
  3. O. Hayran, Sağlık Bilimlerinde Araştırma ve İstatistik Yöntemler, Nobel Tıp Kitapevi, İstanbul, 2012
  4. Ranjit Kumar. Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners, fourth  edition,  SAGE Publications Ltd, 2014

Material Sharing

Documents  Presentations and slids 
Homework  Study report  
Exams  Mid-term and final exams 


Homework  1 50%
Mid-term homework  -  
Final homework  1 50%
Total 2 100%
Contribution of the final to the overall success 1 50%
Contribution of the mid-term  to the overall success 1 50%
Total 2 100%

Course’s Contribution to Program

1 2 3 4 5  
1 Adopting  a lifelong learning concept, making necessary planning  and practice for continuous professional development.        x    
3 Applying ethical principles in all patients and using ethical decision making principles in solving ethical issues.         x  
4 Establishment of an effective communication with the dental staff and patients.       x    
5 Taking care of the privacy of patient information and keeping and maintaining patient records thoroughly         x  
6 Using the necessary anamnesis, examination and auxiliary diagnostic methods for the diagnosis of oral and dental diseases and interpreting the relationship between the general health status of the patient and planning of dental treatments.       x    
7 Making a comprehensive treatment planning that includes all preventive measures by taking the protection and maintenance of health as a priority in all dental practices.         x  
11 Performing first step health services of the patient with maximum psychomotor skills and using the principles of evidence based dentistry.                              x  
12 Establishing communication with pediatric patients considering the stages of mental development and provision of behavioral management.         x  
13 Planning, execution and evaluation of community based programs focused on special groups.         x  
14 Making necessary suggestions in reorganization and areas of national health policies.         x  
15 Following international literature, evaluating publications critically and integration of research results and evidence based dentistry during practice.         x  


Activity  NUMBER Duration
(hours )
(hours )
Course duration  theoretical  14 1 14
Homework 14 2 28
Mid-term homework  14 1 14
Studies outside class  14 3 42
Total workload          98
Total  workload / 25 (h)           3.92
Course  ECTS credits      4