DOH321 Public Oral Health, Research and Community Service (8)

Students will build on knowledge assessed in previous years and be required to conduct a small research project. Ethics, methodology, quantitative and qualitative data collection and reviewing the literature in research will be a focus of this subject. Topics covering advanced concepts of public health and the oral health therapist's role within public health to improve health outcome will also be covered.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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.



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to determine key issues of ethics in research and undertake safe and ethical research
  • be able to develop working relationships with other professions working in health and human services where applicable and describe their contribution to the health disciplines
  • be able to apply an in-depth awareness of social and environmental issues at both the local and wider level and their impact on oral health and how dental practitioners effect change for vulnerable communities including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • be able to critically evaluate policies, programs, methods and strategies used in public dental health over the last 50 years and their impact on today's oral health
  • be able to critically evaluate the relationships between ethics, politics and economic factors affecting the general and oral health of the community
  • be able to use and undertake research skills - literature search, review, critique and apply evidence based oral health research within a range of contexts
  • be able to demonstrate professional behaviour and attitudes at a level ready to be registered as a health professional at all times
  • be able to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and exploring social justice, participation and empowerment issues as it relates to oral health research


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Students will build on previous and developing co-requisite knowledge in DOH300, topics to develop skills to synthesise, critique and write scientific quantitative and qualitative literature will be covered. The ability to identify and conduct research activity in a topic relevant to oral health therapy practice will be undertaken, including the processes involved with application for ethics
  • Subject content in advanced public and population health will be covered in this subject

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of DOH321 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Research proposal
Ethics application assignment
Critically appraise literature
Oral health practice assignment

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.