Course Descriptions

Core Courses

DHYG 500 Leadership
This course focuses on the theories, concepts, and principles of leadership skills related to personal behavior, communication, organizational and leadership styles. This course explores the opportunity to develop leadership roles appropriate to the dental hygiene profession.

DHYG 501 Grant and Contract Writing
This course will provide the graduate students with an introduction to the process of grant application, award, post award management, types of grants and contracts, content and language of announcements for funding, and requirements of various funding agencies . The steps to writing a grant proposal for healthcare funding from private, state, and federal funding sources will be covered.

DHYG 502 Evidence-Based Research
This course is designed to prepare the graduate student to utilize research as the foundation for clinical decision making. The practical application of evidence-based decision making to the clinical management of individual patients is explored.

DHYG 507 Dental Health Services Administration
This course is designed to familiarize the graduate student with the administrative concepts necessary to effectively administer dental health facilities and departments. Emphasis is placed on leadership, decision making and problem solving skills. It examines political, social, and legal systems that affect dental hygiene administration and influence its role.

DHYG 510 Foundations of Healthcare Management
The focus of this course is the healthcare system in the U.S., specifically how its entities work, how they interrelate and how it differs from healthcare systems in other countries with more government controlled systems.

DHYG 513 Seminar in Contemporary Dental Hygiene Issues
This course will explore current concepts and challenges facing dental healthcare delivery through the development of collaborations across healthcare disciplines, delivering culturally and linguistically competent healthcare, and evaluating current and proposed dental healthcare workforce models. Initiatives serving the purpose of guiding national health promotion and disease prevention to improve the dental health of the U.S. population and informing the American public on health matters will be examined.

DHYG 515 Statistical Reasoning
This course will provide a basic overview of statistical analysis and how certain tests can be performed to determine if there is a statistically significant relationship between variables. The student will receive an introduction to the use of statistical software for data analysis.

DHYG 516 Concentrated Practicum
This course provides the graduate student with the opportunity to utilize the knowledge, skills, and abilities learned in previous course work under the guidance of a mentor and the practicum site and the Fones School Practicum Faculty Advisor. Specific tasks and projects of importance to the practicum site will be identified by the mentor and implemented by the student. The student will gain new skills and technical and managerial competence in their chosen area.

DHYG 520 Dental Hygiene Capstone
Original research in a chosen topic OR development of a professional project relating to the graduate student’s area of specialization will be studied, written, and presented.

DHYG 521 Dental Hygiene Capstone Extension
This course is for students to continue work on Capstone until final approval of thesis/professional project is granted and graduation will be certified.

Education Track

DHYG 503 Clinical and Didactic Educational Concepts
This course will introduce the graduate student to a procedure for developing a competency-based curriculum. The student will learn the steps in developing a lecture, module of instruction, and a course. Cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning theories are addressed along with clinical teaching methodologies.

DHYG 504 Student Teaching in Dental Hygiene Education
This course will provide students with the practical knowledge and skills to function as a competent instructor in the didactic, clinical, and laboratory class environment.  Cognitive and psychomotor skill development and analysis, evaluation, strategies, remediation of performance concerns, and faculty calibration are areas stressed.

DHYG 508 Curriculum Development and Management
This course provides the graduate student with the study and development of models for dental hygiene curriculum design and implementation. The development and utilization of competencies and the evidence based instruction is emphasized.

Public Health Track

DHYG 509 Dental Public Health
This course is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in dental public health settings. Administration, grant writing, consumer advocacy, epidemiology, biostatistics, the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation stages of programs and alternative dental hygiene care is emphasized.

DHYG 511 Epidemiology
This course will provide the graduate student with the skills necessary to study health states in populations and its applications in basic science, general clinical research, and public health. Students will critique the dental hygiene literature as it applies to the subject of epidemiology.

NUTR 560 H Developmental Nutrition
To present and discuss principals of human nutrition over the life cycle starting from conception throughout the aging process. Emphasis is placed on the integration of biological knowledge and clinical observations in the promotion and management of effective human nutrition and health care.