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HS2406 - Health Promotion in Dentistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

This subject introduces students to the principles of health promotion in the context of dentistry. Students will analyse the social determinants of health that impact oral health, and explore barriers to behaviour change at an individual and population level. Students will examine frameworks and models that can be used to address oral health issues and will gain experience applying these frameworks through a primary school visit practicum.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse the principles of health promotion outlined in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion;
  • Critically reflect upon the social determinants of health and identify applicability to dentistry;
  • Explore barriers to behaviour change and apply behaviour change models to selected health issues;
  • Examine individual, group and population strategies and methods in health promotion and their application to dentistry;
  • Plan, implement and evaluate oral health education strategies as part of a primary school visit practicum.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Plan - (20%) - Group.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more, from the combined graded assessments within the subject. Complete 10 hours of school placement in a professional manner including all placement related lectures and workshops

Prerequisites: HS1401 AND RH1002


Cairns, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Mary O'Loughlin
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Sue Devine, Ms Tammy Allen, Dr Mary O'Loughlin.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 15 hours tutorials
  • 10 hours workshops - School placement related sessions
  • 10 hours online activity - lectures
  • 10 hours professional Experience
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.