Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students develop the awareness of health determinants as applied to oral health and the prevention of oral disease by learning principles of health education, promotion and planning as preparation for community dental practice. Epidemiology of caries and periodontal disease is studied and students are introduced to caries classification systems and the concept of caries management by risk assessment. Australia's National Oral Health Plan is analysed with enquiry into the needs of identified high risk groups. The role of nutrition in the aetiology of oral disease is considered. The subject critiques oral health service delivery models in Australia and evaluates acknowledged constraints. Evidence based scientific literature is reviewed from the perspective of preventive dentistry and the relationship to dental public health.

SchoolLa Trobe Rural Health School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMohd Masood

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into the following course: HZHSDD and have passed PHE3BRH and PHE2PHP


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDentistry, Dental Practice and the Community 6th Ed.RecommendedBurt, B A, & Eklund, S A, 2005ELSEVIER SAUNDERS
ReadingsJong's Community Dental Health 5th Ed.RecommendedGluck, G M, & Morganstein, W M 2003MOSBY
ReadingsLearning Management System - Articles providedPrescribedVariousVarious

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explain how public health principles relate to the prevention of oral disease.

Lecture, readings, cooperative learning.

02. Define oral disease and express the the epidemiology of oral disease in Australia.

Lecture, readings.

03. Articulate the benefit of community based intervention strategies.

Lecture, readings, preparation and presentation of team project.

04. Describe the history and effectiveness of fluoride interventions in reducing dental caries incidence.

Lecture, readings.

05. Outline policies and complexities of water fluoridation as a public health measure for reducing oral disease.

Lecture, readings.

06. Relate nutrition to oral disease.

Lecture, readings.

07. Elucidate the significance of Australia's National Oral Health Plan.

Lecture, readings.

08. Apply principles of health education, health promotion to oral disease prevention.

Lecture, readings, team community involvement.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, All Year, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMohd Masood

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 20
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Total 20 hours face to face lectures"

Tutorial Week: 10 - 20
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Total 10 hours"

Seminar Week: 21 - 22
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 21 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Student Presentations Total 6 hours"

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 10 - 20
One 2.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 20 and delivered via online.
"Total 20 hours"


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 2-hour Written Examination at end of Semester 1Written Examination - 2000 word equivalent50 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
one Group Presentation (5 mins/student) with individual summary (600-words) to be submittedGroup Presentation - 500 word equivalent Individual Summary - 600 word equivalent30 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Reflective Journal on Oral Health Promotion (2,500 words)Reflective Journal - 1000 word equivalent Submission of a Journal is a HURDLE. Penalty for late submission according to Policy 026 "Late Submission of Assessment Tasks" No. 112026P, subject to Special Consideration options.20 02, 06, 08