DENT 7006 - Societal Determinants of Oral Health
North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code DENT 7006 Course Societal Determinants of Oral Health Coordinating Unit Dental Term Winter Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 30 hours in intensive mode Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description This course will offer students the opportunity to explore the intersection of demography, epidemiology and development in oral health. Using principles and theories from the disciplines of social epidemiology, population sciences, and political economy, the students will gain understanding of how different factors both independently and interactively influence population oral health. Case studies from a range of contexts will explore the historical impact of demography, epidemiology and development on population oral health as well as to consider future change.
The resultant changing oral disease profile across populations over time will be considered in the context of both global and local policy determinants.
Global, national and local influences and opportunities for oral health promotion and disease prevention will be explored by examining case studies in tobacco and sugar.
Students will explore the opportunities for oral health advocacy as well as the relative strengths and weaknesses of different prevention strategies in these varying contexts.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jane Harford
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Define and describe global and national patterns of oral health, including extent, distribution and changes over time. 2 Define and describe societal factors that determine the extent, distribution and changes in oral health. 3 Apply (1) and (2) to specific context to analyse drivers of oral health. 4 Discuss and integrate theoretical explanations for these patterns and their implications for oral health improvement 5 Identify the resultant opportunities for advocacy and action for promoting oral health 6 Critically evaluate proposed policy responses and their potential to improve oral health
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)
3,4,5 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
1,2,3,4,5 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
1,2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4,5 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
1,2,3,4,5 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
Required ResourcesThere is no set textbook for this course. All resources, including links to journal articles and reading lists, will be disseminated via Canvas.
Recommended ResourcesThere is no set textbook for this course. Recommended resources will generally be publicly available research reports and government reports. In some cases, it will be selected book chapters. 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 Canvas.
Online LearningStudents will have access to pre-intensive preparation materials, which will be prepared in Articulate Storyline, via Canvas.
All course materials will be posted on Canvas.
All course communication will be conducted through Canvas.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be taught in intensive model. Prior to attendance at the intensive, students will work through preparatory readings and exercises built in Articulate Storyline and delivered via Canvas. The intensive will be structured as lectures, seminars and tutorials.
Using lectures and reading materials the students will be introduced to the differences in conceptualisation of health and oral health at the individual and population levels. The potential relevance and the diffusing effects of societal and policy determinants in determining population oral health when compared to individual level determinants will be elaborated using problem solving tutorials. With the use of case studies from Australia and a variety of countries belonging to different income classifications of World Bank, the changing picture of oral diseases and the potential relevance of global and local policy determinants will be illustrated to the students. This will particularly enable the international and domestic students to contextualise the lessons learned to their home countries and future country of work. The magnitude of within and between oral health inequalities in different oral health outcomes within and between societies will be explained with most recent and critically appraised literature enhancing the research skills of the students. Using discussion boards, the domestic and international students will learn about the application of prevention strategies to reduction of population levels of oral diseases and oral health inequalities with and between societies.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
This course will be taught in intensive mode over 5 days (approximately 30 hours contact time). Students will be required to undertake pre-intensive preparation (up to 40 hours). Students should allow approsimately 5 hours to prepare a critical review review to be submitted by commencement of the intensiveand up to 80 hours to prepare thier major assignment, which will be in two parts with due dates 2-weeks and 5-weeks after the completion of the intensive.
Learning Activities SummaryThis course will be structured as series of five modules. It will be delivered in intensive mode in ten sessions over five days.
Module 1: Descriptive
Influence of development
Historical and current distributions of oral health and disease
Module 2: Theoretical perspectives Theories of oral health promotion/health improvement
Theories of oral health inequalities and opportunities for integration with oral health promotion
Political economy – global and national considerations
Module 3: Domain case studies Causes (e.g. Tobacco, Sugar) and Mediators: (e.g. Fluoride, Health services) Module 4: Contextual case studies and methods for contextual analysis. l Case studies and comparative analyses of countries and a framework for contextual analysis. Module 5: Implications/Strategies for health improvement in the context of oral health Public health policy or Healthy public policy?
Oral Health impact assessment and Oral Health in all policies.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents will attend a 5-day intensive course offered at The University of Adelaide. Students will complete online pre-intensive preparatory reading and exercises prior to commencement of the course. Students will complete some assessment tasks after the conclusion of the intensive course.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceN/A
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Critical review Summative
Due by commencement of intensive
10% 1,2,3,4,5,6 Seminar presentation Summative To be presented at a session within the intensive 10% 1,2 Case study part 1 Summative Within 2 weeks completion of intensive 40% 1,2,3 Case study part 2 Summative Within 5 weeks of completion of intensive 40% 4,5,6
Assessment Related RequirementsNone.
Assessment 1: Critical review.
Submit a critical review of an item from the course pre-readings (500 words). 10%. Due by commencement of intensive.
Assessment 2: Seminar presentation.
Country or comparative case study-descriptive component. To be presented at a session in the intensive. 10% weighting.
Assessment 3: Written assignment:
Part 1: Country or comparative case study – analytical component (approximately 1,500 words). 40% weighting.Due within 2 weeks of completion of intensive.Part 2: Country or comparative case study – translational component (approximately 1,500 words).40% weighting.
Due within 5 weeks of completion of intensive.
SubmissionAll written work will be submitted via Turnitin/Canvas. Students will need to provide copies of seminar presentation materials for distribution to the class.
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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
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