DENT 7001 - Oral Epidemiology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019

This course covers the specific aspects of epidemiological methods of measuring and analysis of the common oral health diseases and disorders. Emphasis is placed on the assessment of oral health outcomes and their distributions in populations. The course provides opportunities for students to understand the oral health outcomes measurements and its distribution and the worldwide and national burdens or oral diseases.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code DENT 7001
    Course Oral Epidemiology
    Coordinating Unit Dental
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites PUB HLTH 7075; PUB HLTH 7074
    Assumed Knowledge Basic Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
    Course Description This course covers the specific aspects of epidemiological methods of measuring and analysis of the common oral health diseases and disorders. Emphasis is placed on the assessment of oral health outcomes and their distributions in populations. The course provides opportunities for students to understand the oral health outcomes measurements and its distribution and the worldwide and national burdens or oral diseases.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr David Brennan

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    1 Introduction and overview of the course
    2 Epidemiology of dental caries I: measurement, analysis and reporting
    3 Epidemiology of dental caries II: measurement, analysis and reporting
    4 Epidemiology of tooth loss: measurement, analysis and reporting
    5 Epidemiology of periodontal diseases and oral hygiene: measurement, analysis and reporting
    6 Epidemiology of dental fluorosis: measurement, analysis and reporting
    7 Data analysis I
    8 Data analysis II
    9 Epidemiology of oral cancer: measurement, analysis and reporting
    10 Epidemiology of malocclusion: measurement, analysis and reporting
    11 Epidemiology of dental trauma: measurement, analysis and reporting 
    12 Global andAustralian burden of oral disease studies: measurement, analysis and reporting
    13 Review of key concepts from the course


  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiological assessment of dental caries, periodontal disease, dental fluorosis, oral cancer, dental trauma, malocclusion, oral hygiene.

    2. Analyse oral epidemiological data.

    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the burden of the most relevant oral health diseases and disorders nationally and internationally.

    4. Apply the principles of methods of epidemiology and biostatistics to the assessment of oral health data.

    5. Interpret the outcomes data of statistical and epidemiological approaches presented in the research literature.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no set textbook for this course. All resources, including links to journal articles and reading lists, will be disseminated via MyUni/Canvas. Learning outcome 2 requires a computer and statistical package.

    Recommended Resources
    There is no set textbook for this course. Recommended resources will generally be publicly available research reports and government reports. The list will be updated and communicated each time the course is offered. All resources, including links to journal articles and reading lists, will be disseminated via MyUni/Canvas.

    Online Learning
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Weekly sessions will use a combination of teacher and student presentations, student discussion in groups and case study exercises. Seminars will be based on the flipped classroom approach where students will prepare in advance for the sessions. Activities in the seminars will be student focused and interactive. Each session will include discussion of a key reading on the topic. The assessment schedule provides students with an opportunity to apply, extend and integrate the material covered in the seminar sessions. This course is entirely oral health-focused. It covers the international standard measurements for the epidemiological study of the most relevant oral diseases and disorders. Oral health diseases and disorders present a particular statistical distribution which is not usual in most of health outcomes. The course aims to give the student the understanding of basic principles of data analysis of oral
    epidemiological studies. The oral health component of the Global and Australian burdens of disease studies will be emphasised in order to facilitate the understanding of the relative importance of oral diseases and disorders. The course aims to give to students competence to understanding the assessment, analysis and distribution of the most relevant oral health outcomes.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Type Number of sessions Duration of each session (hr) Total hours
    Lectures 12 1 12
    Tutorials 12 1 12
    Total 24
    Assessment tasks (semester)

    Type Assessment % allocated Number of sessions Expected preparation time(hr) Total hours
    Summative tutorials 5 1 0
    Extend lab report/Assugments 75 1 70 70
    Presentation 20 1 5 5
    100 75
    Non-contact semester
    Type Number of sessions Antecipate time (hr) Total hours
    Weekly reading & other study (hours/lect) 12 4 48
    Total workload (hrs/semester) 147
    Workload/week (hr) 11.31
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    attendance and participation
    Summative 5% 1,2,3
    review part 1
    (500–600 words)
    Summative 10% 1,2,3
    review part 2
    (1,000 words)
    Summative 25% 1,2,3
    (2,500 words)
    Summative 40% 1,2,3
    (2 hrs)
    Summative 20% 1,2,3
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Assessment Detail

    Assessment 1 – Critical review Part 1: Outline the epidemiological pattern of the most common dental diseases
    in the country. Expected length is between 500 and 600 words. Assignments are handed to the course coordinators who will mark and make comments. It will be scanned and returned to students by email. 10% weighting.

    Assessment 2 – Critical review Part 2: Identify the variation of the distribution of dental diseases in the country according to population sub-groups. 1,000 words in length. 25% weighting.

    Assessment 3 – Essay: Write a review essay on the burden of dental diseases in Australia. 2,500 words in length. 40% weighting.

    Assessment 4 – Presentation of a seminar Select a reading pertinent to one of the seminar topics and prepare a
    presentation and in-class learning activity based on that reading or the issues it raises in the context of this course. Each student will be allocated time in one of the seminar sessions for their presentation. The expected duration of the student presentation session is 30–45 minutes. 20% weighting.

    Assessment 5 – Class attendance and participation in weekly class discussions It is important for students to be prepared for
    each weekly session by reading the “weekly readings” prior to each session. This course provides the structure in which students can apply the analysis that they have gained from the readings. Students are expected to actively participate during each session which will demonstrate whether they have read the required readings. 5% weighting.



    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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