Dental Hygiene

The Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) Program Curriculum

A total of 37 credits, including a thesis, is required for program completion. Requirements include 7 courses in the core curriculum, 4 courses in an area of emphasis, and 3 credits of electives.

The core courses advance the theory and practice of dental hygiene and prepare students in research methodology to apply during the thesis process and future work. In addition to the core curriculum, students complete an area of emphasis in Dental Hygiene Education or Rural and Community Oral Health. Two required dental hygiene courses in the emphasis area, coupled with a practicum experience and a related elective course, provide a strong basis for advanced study and thesis work.

To enhance the breadth of knowledge, students are required to complete a minimum of 3 credits of electives selected from related graduate coursework offered outside the Department of Dental Hygiene. A maximum of 9 credits may be transferred officially to Idaho State University.

A thesis is required because a research foundation is imperative to advance the theoretical knowledge base of the profession.

Orientation Course

August 8-12, 2016- on-site program at Pocatello, Idaho ISU campus. Students complete online modules through Moodle system.
August 7-11, 2017- on-site program at Pocatello, Idaho ISU campus. Students complete online modules through Moodle system.

Graduate Seminar II

May 9-13, 2016- on-site program at Pocatello, Idaho ISU campus
May 8-12, 2017- on-site program at Pocatello, Idaho ISU campus

MSDH Program Course Descriptions

DENT 5596 Graduate Seminar I: This seminar uses web based activities and on-site campus activities to assist students in developing skills and abilities essential for successful participation in the MSDH Program.

DENT 6605 Program Development and Evaluation: An overview of general principles of teaching, learning and evaluation in academic and community oral health programs. Emphasis on assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs.

DENT 6612 Administration and Management of Healthcare Organizations: This course combines theoretical knowledge with practical application of principles and techniques for managing a health care environment and employees associated with providing care. Emphasis on organizational structure, human resource management, financial management, quality assurance, policy development, information management, grant writing and business planning.


HCA 5599 Business of Health Care:

DENT 6615 Progressive Dental Hygiene Theory: Critical analysis of the dental hygiene process of care related to advanced preventive and therapeutic interventions to various population groups, technology and outcomes.

DENT 6618 Leadership Strategies to Improve Health Care: Application of leadership and management theory related to professional issues, policy development, legal and ethical principles, professional associations, strategic planning, conflict resolution, and professional advancement.

DENT 6619 Graduate Seminar II: This course provides students with experiential learning in dental hygiene practice, research, education, and innovations in technology. The course will culminate in an updated portfolio that addresses career goals within and beyond graduate education.

DENT 6646 Health Research: Introduction to the research process and the use of scientific literature to define a theoretical basis for future research. Requires gathering evidence, searching databases, analyzing and synthesizing literature to write a literature review. Application of principles of problem and research question formulation, sampling, design and methods, reliability and validity, and applied statistics in dental hygiene. Requires preparation of a research proposal. Prereq or coreq: Undergraduate statistics or biostatistics course.

DENT 6650 Thesis: Research project under supervision of a graduate research committee. May be repeated. Minimum of 6 credits required.

DENT 6620 Advanced Educational Theory and Methods: Study of theory, principles, and research related to the faculty role in active teaching and learning, development of ethical reasoning, critical thinking and reflective judgment, development of curricular frameworks, outcomes and competencies, and course delivery methods. PREREQ: DENT 6605

DENT 6621 Dental Hygiene Clinical Instruction and Admin.: Theory and practices of clinical instruction and supervision, related to psychomotor skill development, competency-based evaluation, student mentoring and remediation. Examination of organizational and administrative philosophy and practice in curriculum planning, implementation and evaluation based on accreditation standards. PREREQ: DENT 6620 OR DEPARTMENTAL APPROVAL.

DENT 6625 Dental Hygiene Education Practicum: individualized experience in applying principles and theories in dental hygiene education to didactic, preclinical and clinical instruction. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

DENT 6610 Special Care Populations: Concepts related to providing oral health care for special care populations. Emphasis is on assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care for individuals with transient or lifelong physical, mental, medical or social health needs.

DENT 6632 Community and Global Health: A study of population groups that are at increased risk of poor health and a familiarity with policies and programs designed to reduce health inequalities. Emphasis on the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate an oral health program to increase access to care in an underserved target population.

DENT 6635 Rural and Community Health Practicum: individualized experience in applying principles and theories in community and rural health (public health) to address the oral health care needs of a targeted community or rural population. This course entails the implementation and evaluation of a public health project planned in DENT 6630, Community and Rural Health Programs. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.


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