Year 1: Semester 2 – Spring

  • 5010
  • 5120C
  • 5126C
  • 5221
  • 5405C
  • 5502C
  • 6015

DEN5010 – Interdisciplinary Service Learning I (0.5)

This course will provide student experience in an integrated service-learning framework.  Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to: work with an interdisciplinary team, communicate effectively, understand social and cultural factors that influence patients, function as a health information resource and work effectively within community service organizations.

DEN5120C – Physiology (5)

This course provides foundation knowledge on the structure and normal function of the major body systems including the cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, gastro-intestinal, endocrine and neurological systems.  The relationship of structure to normal function is presented with emphasis on components important to a dentist as a dental patient’s case manager and to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of oral diseases.  In addition, this course will provide the fundamental knowledge to support the understanding and appreciation of the interrelationships of systemic and oral health.

DEN5126C – Histology (2)

This course covers the basic cell and tissue biology of the four classic tissues (epithelium, connective tissue, muscle, and nerve), some organ systems, and the oral cavity and teeth. This serves as the foundation for understanding normal structures and functions covered in physiology and pathology.

DEN5221 – Oral Health Management and Psychosocial Issues over the Lifespan (2)

This course emphasizes patient-centered communication skills and the management of a patient’s oral health focusing on behavioral and sociological issues across the lifespan. It builds on previous biological and psychosocial foundation knowledge that directly impacts the practice of dentistry and the achievement and maintenance of oral health in patients. The course includes an overview of the biological, sociological, and psychological aspects of aging; the changing demographics in the U.S. society; and their implications for the dental profession.

DEN5405C – Preclinical Operative Dentistry I/Biomaterials (4)

This is the first course in a series of three courses that introduces fundamental concepts of operative dentistry emphasizing biomaterials science and its clinical application. Minimally invasive dentistry principles, direct and indirect restorative materials/ technique and ergonomics will be introduced focusing on development of psychomotor skills, self-assessment, and clinical judgment.

DEN5502C – Cariology and Preventive Dentistry (2)

This course introduces fundamental concepts related to the disease of dental caries, including its prevention, diagnosis and appropriate management. Emphasis is also placed on the preventive aspects of other oral diseases as well as on dental public health and nutritional sciences.

DEN6015 – Professionalism In Patient Care and Practice Management I (0.25)

This course is designed to provide instruction, coach and mentor students in professionalism as they attain competency in patient care. This course spans semesters 2 – 5 and supports the student’s progressive development in appropriate patient management skills, practice management skills including regulatory requirements, professionalism and integrity in the delivery of dental care, and critical thinking necessary for life-long learning.