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DENT463 The Dentist and the Community 3

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) $1,691.50
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Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Jonathan Broadbent

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. DENT463 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.


Daly B, Batchelor P, Treasure ET, Watt RG. Essential Dental Public Health (2nd Revised edition, 2013). Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780199679379

This textbook can be purchased here.


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
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-41