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Dental Hygiene Master's Program


Minor Course Descriptions


BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

The biological science minor addresses a need for upgrading the academic qualifications of allied dental educators in the basic science area. This lessens the need to rely on the expertise of educators whose primary responsibility is to other educational programs. All courses are taken with first year dental students.

DENT 102 Gross Anatomy (4)
  Dent 102 is designed as an introduction to human anatomy for dental students. The course incorporates both lecture material and a cadaver dissection laboratory. A regional approach to the study of anatomy is followed. The course begins with the study of the thorax, abdomen and pelvic viscera. The major focus of the course, and the majority of the lectures and labs, is the study of the anatomy of the head and neck. Embryological development of the structures of the head and face is incorporated into the lectures to better understand the anatomical relationships between structures. Neuroanatomical principles will be incorporated throughout the course. Lectures covering pain/sensory pathways and motor pathways in the head and neck will be presented towards the end of the course. In addition to the study of normal anatomy, the course material includes clinical correlates that introduce the students to anatomical abnormalities and/or medical conditions commonly encountered in dental practice. These clinical correlates are used to reinforce the students knowledge of normal anatomy and development.
DENT 104 Microscopic Anatomy (4)
  Microscopic Anatomy introduces dental students to the study of the microscopic structure and function of normal, healthy cells, tissues and organs. Basic cell biology is covered, as are all human tissue types and major organ systems. Emphasis is placed on the inter-relationships between structure and function. An understanding of normal microscopic anatomy is necessary for learning the microscopic appearance of diseased cells, tissues, and organs in Pathology.
DENT 114 Physiology (4)
 

Physiology 114 is a course in mammalian physiology with an emphasis on human processes. The course is structured on a systems approach in which recent advances in our understanding of cellular mechanisms are integrated with the more traditional concepts of organ function and the maintenance of homeostasis. While the material is presented in the context of a dental curriculum, Physiol 114 is intended to be a comprehensive medical physiology course that extends knowledge gained in biochemistry to the whole body and provides the groundwork for subsequent courses in pathology and pharmacology.


CLINICAL EDUCATION

The clinical education minor is designed to prepare clinical educators and supervisors for allied dental programs.

Prerequisites: DHED 115, DHED 136

 
DHED 753 Advanced Intraoral Functions: Periodontology
 

This course will provide the student with advanced knowledge of current concepts and factors involved in the occurrence and treatment of periodontal disease. These issues will be studied through lectures, case presentations and the periodontal literature. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of the dental hygienist in periodontal therapy both in the private practice and research setting.

DHED 754 Advanced Intraoral Functions for Clinical Dental Hygiene Faculty
  This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore develop and apply advanced concepts and skills within the process of dental hygiene care. The DHED graduate student will gain knowledge and laboratory/clinical experience to perform selected intra-oral functions. Topics discussed include restorative procedures, moisture control, amalgam restorations, tooth colored restorations, sealants, whitening procedures, pediatric restorative dentistry, caries risk assessment and fluoride. Other topics include pain control and local anesthesia. Emphasis will be placed on the evidence supporting the technologies discussed in class.
DHED 236 Clinical Management (3)
 

Continues the content presented in DHED 136, including information related to the role of a clinical administrator. Topics include the development of clinical requirements, grading, student counseling, clinical facilities, and scheduling and planning of faculty to support the clinical program.


MANAGEMENT/ADMINISTRATION

The management/administration minor is designed to prepare the graduate student for management roles in health care organizations or administrative settings.

DHED 774 Personnel Management
 

This course is designed to 1) introduce the DHED graduate student to personnel management issues in allied dental education and general business 2) teach the student necessary personnel management skills to function as a productive, effective manager of an allied dental education program or dental business setting. Through readings and seminars, students will learn methods that have achieved success in the areas of management.

DHED 834 Principles of Management/Administration
 

This course is designed to provide the DHED graduate student with knowledge and skills in basic management and administration. Course format will include seminars led by guest speakers in management/administrative positions, the course director and the students in the class. The management / administrative externship will consist of 6 hours per week in a facility of interest to the student, based on the student’s individual career goals.

  Elective
 

An elective course with an administrative/management focus is selected by the student. Courses may be taken in other disciplines such as Public Health or Adult Education (NCSU).


ORAL PATHOLOGY

The oral pathology minor is designed to prepare allied dental educators to assume teaching roles in the area of oral pathology. Courses are taken with first and second year dental students.

DENT 104 Microscopic Anatomy
  Microscopic Anatomy introduces dental students to the study of the microscopic structure and function of normal, healthy cells, tissues and organs. Basic cell biology is covered, as are all human tissue types and major organ systems. Emphasis is placed on the inter-relationships between structure and function. An understanding of normal microscopic anatomy is necessary for learning the microscopic appearance of diseased cells, tissues, and organs in Pathology.
DENT 127 Pathology I
  While the diversity of human disease is enormous, it is possible to identify a relatively small number of underlying mechanisms or processes that are common to many different conditions. The study of these underlying processes is termed 'General Pathology' and is the subject of the 1st Year (Summer) Pathology Course. The manifestations of these fundamental pathological processes vary considerably depending on the cause of the problem and the particular cells, tissues, organs or systems involved. These manifestations represent the diversity of specific disease entities that we observe clinically. The study of these specific disease entities is termed 'Systemic Pathology', which is the subject the two pathology courses taught in the second year.
DENT 128 Pathology II
  Pathology is derived from the Greek word patho (suffering) and logos (discourse). As a discipline, it deals with the causes and ways in which symptoms are produced, the forms which disease may take, and the complications that may follow. In reality, Pathology is many sciences correlated into one field and, as such, represents the bridge between the basic sciences and the clinical and therapeutic aspects of dentistry and medicine. General, Systemic, and Oral Pathology are, therefore, the common correlated areas for all the biologic disciplines.