2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
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DHYG 428 Research Methodologies (3 credits)

Prerequisite Current enrollment in Bachelor of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene program.

Course Description
Introduces and develops principles of oral health research design. The course includes public health theory and practice, determinants and indicators of health disparities, epidemiology, biostatistics, community-based preventive practices, and management of oral diseases. Uses APA formatting.

Student Outcomes
1. Identify and explain the basic components of scientific research, perform critical evaluations of the scientific literature, and prepare scientific reports.
2. Demonstrate basic biostatistic knowledge and demonstrate skills in applying dental indices used in epidemiological studies.
3. Identify and define the principles of community health programs and the components of the oral health care delivery system as an integral member of the healthcare team.
4. Identify the role of dental public health in the delivery of oral health promotion and disease prevention services in the public and private sectors.
5. Using sociodemographic, biological, behavioral, cultural and political factors, define the general principles of health promotion and disease prevention and analyze them as they relate to oral health.
6. As a member of a healthcare team, identify and describe health policies that have had a major impact on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases.
7. Identify and compare community organizations, agencies, and institutions that can be used as resources for program development, implementation, and evaluation.
8. Identify and compare the components of preventive, community health program development, and synthesize the focus of oral health education in terms of understanding preventive policy and the educational process.
9. Identify and utilize the components of critical writing skills from dental or dental hygiene journals in analyses and development of professional writing.
10. Provide community service through involvement in regional service learning projects.
11. Research, develop and present a team scientific research project to be presented at a state conference

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