Ethics and Dental Public Health


About this Course

This course is designed to introduce the first or second year dental or hygiene student to the ethical reasoning related to the practice of population-based dental public health, while contrasting the application of ethical principles and issues to those of the dental practitioner who focuses on the oral health of the individual patient. The emphasis is on raising awareness of the professional in recognizing ethical issues, including informed consent, and analyzing them within the framework of the population-based practice.

Competencies Addressed:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate ethical reasoning and actions that promote culturally competent oral health care to individuals and populations.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the similarities and differences in the mission of dental practitioners versus the dental public health practitioner and how to respond to common ethical issues facing each.

  2. Describe the principles and values underlying public health and dental public health and compare to those for dental practitioners.

  3. Demonstrate how the Code of Ethics developed for dental practitioners will differ from that for dental public health practitioner.

  4. Describe and apply a framework for analyzing the decisions and actions to be made by dental public health professionals to the Healthy People 2020 Oral Health Community Interventions.




COURSE DEVELOPER: Dr. Kathryn Ann Atchison


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