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DENT463 The Dentist and the Community 3

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Health promotion and education; health services and systems; ethics in public health and health research.

Paper title The Dentist and the Community 3
Paper code DENT463
Subject Dentistry
EFTS 0.1
Points 12 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,618.70
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $10,208.70

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Paper Structure

The 'Public Health Approach' has four key elements: surveillance of health issues; identify risk and protective factors; develop, implement and evaluate interventions; and upscale successful implementation to policy and large-scale interventions. DENT 463 focuses particularly on the third and fourth elements of the model to facilitate an understanding of the breadth of public health while consolidating previous understanding of epidemiology and public health, particularly as it relates to oral health.

In this paper there will be an emphasis on health promotion and education in oral health, the structure of health services and systems, the ethics of public health and health research and engaging Māori communities.


The following texts are recommended as core reading. Additional reading will be recommended at the beginning of the paper.

Daly B, Watt R. Batchelor P and Treasure E, Essential Dental Public Health. OUP, Oxford, 2002. Parts 3 & 4, and in particular, chapters 9, 10, 11, 17, 19, 21, 22.

Tones K, Green J., Health Promotion: Planning and Strategies Sage Publications, London, 2004. Chapters 4 & 6

Hawe P, Degeling D, Hall J., Evaluating Health Promotion: A health workers guide MacLennan & Petty, Sydney, 1990. Chapters 2-6

Mead H M., Tikanga Māori: Living by Māori Values Huia Publishers, Wellington, 2003

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By the time students have completed the fourth year of the Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), they will be aware of the social context of dentistry, the wider determinants of oral health and their role as oral health professionals in New Zealand society.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
B1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41