DOH313 Community Oral Health 3 (8)

Students will critically evaluate the oral health promotion interventions completed in previous years, and apply most up-to-date oral health promotion literature to this evaluation process. Based on this knowledge, students will develop a graduate level of knowledge in the determinants of oral health and how effective oral health promotion in both individual and community settings impact on health. More developed concepts of current public oral health policy will be further established, and the impact these have on the oral health therapy profession. Students will establish advanced knowledge in models of health behaviour, cultural competency and be assessed on applying these in clinical and community settings.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: DOH313. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy/Hygiene) course.

Assumed Knowledge


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to undertake holistic risk assessment and analysis to implement preventive and behaviour change strategies
  • be able to apply well developed critical skills of reflective practice in health promotion
  • be able to determine and apply respectful and supported practices compliant with Indigenous and cultural competency
  • be able to demonstrate models of theory and evidence for inducing behaviour changes which benefit oral health or general health
  • be able to submit a written piece of work at a level suitable for publication
  • be able to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes at a level ready to be registered as a health professional at all times


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Graduate level of knowledge in oral health promotion, importance of health promotion evaluation
  • In-depth sociological determinants of oral health and application of key health promotion strategies to improve high-need individuals and communities
  • Barriers to appropriate, accessible and affordable oral health care in regional and high-need communities
  • Advanced knowledge in the empowerment and construction of health theory, models of behaviour change
  • Oral health therapy and public health policy
  • Advocacy and leadership in oral health therapy practise
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of cultural competency
  • Advanced skills in reflective practise
  • Review of current oral health literature


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.