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Year Long (Extended)
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This subject comprises five modules:
Health Promotion Principles: Public health and the social determinants of health, primary health care, health promotion and education; health promotion models and strategies; evidence-based oral health promotion; health promotion programs; health promotion program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Health Education: Health education in context; health behaviours, communication and counselling skills; teaching and learning methodology; interpersonal and group skills; health education models and frameworks; educational evaluation; and may include field visits and practical work.
Ethics and Professional Practice: Policies that affect oral health practice, dental professional practice regulation and legislation, the principles and application of ethics to health care and human research, privacy, record keeping and health consumer issues; ethics for professional practice.
Applied Health Education: School curriculum frameworks, settings and strategies for health education, educational technology and aids for oral health and applied health education experience via in-class practical sessions and field visits.
Oral Health Therapy Research Preparation: This module enables students to prepare for their final year Oral Health Therapy Research subject. It includes an introduction to project selection and preparation of a learning plan with support.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Use evidence to plan, deliver and evaluate oral health promotion and education interventions for community groups;
- Work effectively with individuals and groups to improve health literacy and promote their oral health;
- Use culturally sensitive approaches in communication and health promotion;
- Apply ethical principles to the practice of oral health therapy
- Use a research framework to plan for the oral health therapy research project undertaken in third year.
- The characteristics of public health programs and their evaluation;
- The health promotion planning process which identifies the oral health needs of a community and applies available resources in the most equitable and efficient way to meet those needs;
- The social and environmental determinants of health and their influence on oral health;
- The application of theory and evidence to inform health promotion and education planning and evaluation
- The role of health education as a component of health promotion;
- f) and the principles of: i. Health promotion theories and their application ii. Teaching methodologies and their application to health education; iii. The evaluation of health promotion interventions;
- The role of regulations, ethics and education in influencing the practice of oral health therapy.
- The capacity to communicate with people and the community to identify and address health education needs;
- and an understanding of: i. the techniques for planning, delivery, and evaluation of a variety of health education activities; ii. the policies that shape oral health therapy practice; iii. the legislation governing the practice of oral health therapy; and iv. ethical principles and their application.
- The concepts of ethical and professional practice and the responsibilities of health practitioners in the community.
- The dimensions of health education and health promotion within the delivery of dental, medical, allied health, and educational services; and
On completion of this subject, students should have developed skills in:
- Observation and evaluation;
- Planning and presenting;
- Academic writing and referencing;
- Searching, retrieval and application of evidence;
- Skills in Information technology and use of academic databases;
- Understand the social and cultural diversity in our community
- Planning, delivery and evaluation of programs; and
- Teamwork skills
- Professional practice and ethics.
Last updated: 5 October 2021