In this subject students will be introduced to the determinants of oral health from a sociological perspective and learn how these impact on oral health outcome, including cultural perspectives of health. Key concepts of health promotion relevant for oral health practitioners will be established with an emphasis on effective community engagement. Students will gain a greater understanding of the distribution and determinants of health within populations through the study of epidemiology. A foundation of the oral health therapist's role in oral health promotion and how to implement an effective oral health promotion within a clinical and regional community setting will be established. Students are provided with the opportunity to acquire a fundamental understanding of human life processes which focuses on nutrients, nutrition and the basic metabolic processes. Special emphasis is on the relationship of nutrition to quality of health, including oral health. More complex issues of nutrition will be examined as they affect vulnerable communities. Communicating with communities with high health needs will be an emphasis. Key concepts of public oral health policy will be further established with a particular focus on Indigenous oral health. Students will expand their knowledge of key concepts in models of health behaviour and learn how to apply these in a clinical and community setting, developing the skills to be effective in improving individual and community oral health outcomes.
School of Dentistry and Health Sciences
Resstricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Oral Health (Therapy and Hygiene)
BMS192 and IKC100 and DOH100 and DOH110 and PSY111
DOH113, DOH203, DOH222
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.