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Course : DNHY Dental Health Education

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2022
Centennial Hall, 103
Kelly Holcomb
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Wednesday, December 07, 2022 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Given reading assignments, lectures, class discussion and lab and

clinic work as applicable, upon completion of this course the student should be

able to:

1. Summarize the purpose of dental health education.

2. Identify and analyze the development of the patient’s health attitudes and behaviors.

3. Explain and demonstrate interpersonal skills and personality characteristics deemed

desirable in the competent dental health educator.

4. Differentiate between the techniques utilized when conducting dental education.

5. Analyze and discuss the role of nutrition in the etiology and progress of dental

disease on a professional level, as well as in ‘lay’ terms.

6. Describe the relationship between nutrition and the formation of plaque, caries, and

periodontal disease.

7. Identify the various psychological characteristics of different age groups that affect

dental health instruction techniques and materials used.

8. Recognize cultural as well as socioeconomic barriers that can affect dental health

instruction techniques and materials used.

9. Formulate and present a comprehensive patient education program on an

individualized basis to patients in the clinical setting.

10. Draft and submit a written report based on a geriatric interview (de-identified

information only) that illustrates how the patient’s upbringing and life history shaped

their current oral health views/status. Discuss appropriate modifications to oral health

education and patient management techniques.

Students will receive a grade on Part I based on the 50 multiple choice

items pertaining directly to Dental Hygiene Ed content. Points earned on Part 2’s

case-based items pertaining to Dental Health Ed will be added to Part I as bonus

points to determine the final exam grade for this course. The values of Part 2 items

will be determined by the individual course instructor. Therefore, the points earned

for Part 2 items will vary between courses.

Exam # 1 20%

Exam # 2 20%

Exam # 3 20%

Final Exam 20%

Geriatric Project 15%

Participation 5%


Water bottles, cell phones, and hand-held calculators/computers are not allowed in the

room during any examination. Possession of any of these items during an exam will

be construed as academic dishonestly and will be dealt with accordingly.

Dental Hygiene Department Grading Scale

A = 92 to 100

B = 83 to 91

C = 75 to 82

D = 65 to 74



More than two (2) absences for any reason will result in a loss of 5 points from the final

course grade for EACH absence over the allowed 2.

In cases of extreme illness and/or hospitalization, individual decisions may be made.

Two (2) tardies will be the equivalent of one (1) absence. Students must be present for

the entire class period to get credit for a class session. Students leaving class early will

be counted as absent

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

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