Results from a new global oral health course: A case study at one dental school

B. Seymour, J. Barrow, E. Kalenderian

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To channel students' interest in global oral health and prepare them to respond adequately to the health effects of globalization as future practitioners, new courses in dental curricula may be needed. This article documents the results of Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM)'s new course, Global Oral Health: Interdisciplinary Approaches. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first course of its kind in dental education. HSDM developed learning objectives for the course based on the literature, the training and experience of HSDM global health faculty, and the mission of the HSDM Global Health Initiative. Dental residents and public health students enrolled, and some dental students audited. The discussion-based critical thinking course examined the extensive relationship between oral health and global health, and concept development was determined by in-class participation. After taking the course, students' assessments of their global oral health knowledge increased on average 100 percent. Nearly all students reported that they were very likely to use the concepts of global oral health in their careers and that they would definitely recommend the course to others. This course model seems to have met the expectations of students and faculty, and its fundamentals appear to be readily transferrable to other dental schools.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1245-1251
JournalJournal of Dental Education
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


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