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ORAL10001 Society and Health (yearlong) to comprise five modules:
Community Health Studies: An introduction to health sociology; the influences of socio-demographic, cultural and economic factors on health; accessibility, utilisation and quality of health and welfare services; and an examination of selected contemporary health issues.
Human Development, Behaviour and Learning: The physical and psychological growth of children and adults; theories of cognitive, psychological and psychosocial development; and the theoretical foundations to psychosocial problems.
Research Methods: Scientific enquiry, an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods and design; data collection and sampling methods; an introduction to data analysis and display; searching and using the literature; critical evaluation of published research and an introduction to evidence based practice.
Community Oral Health: The influences of socio-demographic, cultural and economic factors on oral health; dental health delivery systems and planning processes incorporating an introduction to epidemiology, utilisation and accessibility, quality of oral health services; and an examination of the roles of oral health therapists in improving the oral health of the community.
Applied Behavioural Science: The theoretical foundations to psychosocial problems; orofacial attractiveness; self-identity and social functioning; behaviour management techniques; anxiety; fear and phobia; patient and parent management; and theories of learning.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Comprehend the key social, economic, and cultural processes that influence health and oral health
- Comprehend the diversity in healthcare needs of individuals and community groups within the various methods of delivering care
- Comprehend the influence of psychology and human development on behaviour
- Comprehend the dynamics of the patient-health professional relationship and the implications of behaviour on the delivery of oral health care
- Interpret empirical evidence on the key social, economic and cultural processes that influence health
- Discuss the role of oral health professionals in addressing individual and community the oral health needs
- Evaluate and synthesize research and professional literature
- Compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of different research methods and study designs
On completion of this subject, students should have developed skills in:
- Effective communication with teaching staff and peers
- Effective time management and organisation
- Identifying and addressing personal learning needs
- Retrieving information from different sources, and analysing and interpreting it in a critical manner
- Academic writing and referencing
Last updated: 29 July 2022