Students in the Bachelor of Oral Health will develop all the technical skills required for practice as Oral Health Therapists (which includes both dental hygienist and dental therapist practice). The course comprises four main components:
- Oral health sciences
- Social sciences and health promotion
- Preventive and clinical dentistry
- Vocational and clinical practice
NOTE: This course does not meet the entry requirements for the Doctor of Dental Surgery.
For further information, please refer to the University Undergraduate Handbook website: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/current/841AC. More detailed course and subject information is contained in the Melbourne Dental School Undergraduate Student Information and Course Guide which is provided to all enrolled undergraduate students at the beginning of each year.
|Year One Semester 1|
|Society and Health 1ACore||12.5|
Society and Health 1A
This subject comprises two modules: Community Studies: An introduction to health sociology; the influences of socio-demographic, cultural and economic factors on health; accessibility, utilisation and quality of health and welfare services; and an examination of selected contemporary health issues. Human Development, Behaviour and Learning: The physical and psychological growth of children and adults; theories of cognitive, psychological and psychosocial development; and the theoretical foundations to psychosocial problems.
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|Oral Health Sciences 1ACore||18.75|
Oral Health Sciences 1A
This subject comprises three modules. Anatomy and Histology: Microscopic structure of human body tissues; structure and function of vascular, muscular, nerve, skeletal, lymphatic and glandular body systems; surface anatomy of the head and neck; osteology of the skull; and myology of the head and neck. Oral Anatomy: A knowledge of the hard and soft tissues and landmarks of intra and extra oral anatomy; morphological anatomy of the human dentition both permanent and deciduous; Palmer notation and FDI classification of the human dentition. Preventive Dentistry: The epidemiology of dental diseases; the preventive philosophy and the aims of preventive dentistry; individual and community oral p...
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|Year One Yearlong|
|Oral Health Practice 1Core||37.5|
Oral Health Practice 1
This subject comprises four components. Dental Materials: Classification of dental materials; polymers, amalgams; resin composites and adhesive materials; gypsum and agar products; glass ionomer and other dental cements; and abrasives. Preclinical Procedures: rubber dam principles and application; scaling, tooth debridement and periodontal instrumentation; minimal intervention approaches to the management of dental caries; cavity preparation and restoration placement in deciduous and permanent teeth; polishing teeth and restorations; removal of overhangs; impressions and study models; and the clinical application of dental materials, maintenance of dental equipment; safe work practices; o...
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|Year One Semester 2|
|Society and Health 1BCore||12.5|
Society and Health 1B
This subject comprises 3 modules: Research Methods: Scientific enquiry, quantitative and qualitative research methods and design; data collection and sampling methods; an introduction to data analysis and display; searching and using the literature; critical evaluation of published research and an introduction to evidence based practice. Community Oral Health: The influences of socio-demographic, cultural and economic factors on oral health; dental health delivery systems and planning processes incorporating an introduction to epidemiology, utilisation and accessibility, quality of oral health services; and an examination of the roles of oral health therapists in improving the oral health...
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|Oral Health Sciences 1BCore||18.75|
Oral Health Sciences 1B
This subject comprises four modules: Anatomy and Oral Histology: Microscopic structure of human oral tissues; mucosa, enamel, dentine, pulp, cementum, periodontium, alveolar bone, salivary glands, TMJ; the embryology of the craniofacial region, the histology and physiology of the oral tissues and odontogenesis; the structure and function of the nerve and vascular supply of the head and neck; lymphatic drainage of the head; and the pterygomandibular space. Physiology: The physiology of the nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive, endocrine and musculo-skeletal systems; the neurophysiology of pain and other sensory processes as well as taste and swallowing (deglutition). Pathology: Inf...
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|Year Two Semester 1|
|Health Promotion 2ACore||12.5|
Health Promotion 2A
This subject comprises two modules: Health Promotion Principles: Public health and the social determinants of health, primary health care, health promotion and education; health promotion models and strategies; evidence-based oral health promotion; health promotion programs; health promotion program planning, implementation and evaluation. Health Education: Health education in context; health behaviours, communication and counselling skills; teaching and learning methodology; interpersonal and group skills; health education models and frameworks; educational evaluation; and may include field visits and practical work.
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|Oral Health Sciences 2ACore||12.5|
Oral Health Sciences 2A
This subject comprises three modules: Oral Medicine and Pathology: Healing and repair in the oral cavity; developmental abnormalities of the dentition; microbiology, biochemistry and pathology of caries and periodontal diseases; pigmentation of the oral mucosa; oral ulcerations; premalignant oral lesions; cysts of the oral region; dysplasia and neoplasia of the oral mucosa; odontogenic neoplasms; dermatological and salivary gland disorders; infectious diseases and specific oral infections; oral manifestations of haematological disorders; antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agents. Pharmacology and Pain Management: Analgesics; local anaesthetic agents and drug sched...
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|Year Two Yearlong|
|Oral Health Practice 2Core||50|
Oral Health Practice 2
This subject comprises two modules: Clinical Practice: Dental materials and the principles and techniques of restorative dentistry in the deciduous and permanent dentition, scaling and root debridement; the prevention of dental caries and periodontal diseases in children, adolescents and young adults and the prevention and management of periodontal disease across all ages. Specialist areas in Dentistry: Specialist areas of dentistry including periodontics, prosthodontics and paediatric dentistry.
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|Year Two Semester 2|
|Health Promotion 2BCore||12.5|
Health Promotion 2B
This subject comprises two modules: Ethics and Professional Practice: Dental health policies, the Health Practitioner Regulation Act 2009 and its regulation and its administration, the principles and application of ethics to health care and human research and specific cross cultural issues such as indigenous health care, privacy and health consumer issues; ethics and professional practice. Applied Health Education: School curriculum frameworks, health promoting schools, settings and strategies for health education, educational technology and aids for oral health and applied health education experience via in-class practical sessions and field visits.
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|Oral Health Sciences 2BCore||12.5|
Oral Health Sciences 2B
This subject comprises two modules. Management of Compromised Patients: Management of patients with speech pathology; cardiovascular conditions; respiratory disease; endocrine, haematological, neurological, psychiatric and neoplastic disoders; and intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities. Oral Biology: Develops knowledge in the areas of periodontal pathogenesis, systemic conditions and the periodontium; advances in periodontal diagnosis; periodontal treatment including the treatment of furcations, periodontal surgeries, antibiotic and occlusal therapies; periodontal regeneration; re-evaluation, maintenance and the determination of periodontal prognosis.
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|Year Three Yearlong|
|Oral Health Therapy ResearchCore||25|
Oral Health Therapy Research
This subject comprises three modules: Health Policy: Policy making, stakeholders, processes and evidence, public health policy and oral health and some current dilemmas in health care. Sociology: Concepts and theories on the arrangement of society and the influences that shape it; how people form values and cultures; class, status, gender and ethnicity; the influences of political, socio-demographic and socio-economic factors on health; the sociology of health and illness and its influences on research methodology. Oral Health Therapy Research: Students to complete one of the following units: Health Promotion or Outreach Elective Studies. Health Promotion comprises project work in the f...
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|Oral Health Practice 3Core||75|
Oral Health Practice 3
This subject comprises lectures, seminars and preclinical and clinical experience in aspects of oral health patient care and student directed problem based learning covering ageing and oral care for the elderly; social and psychological aspects of ageing; medical problems of, and medication for the elderly; epidemiology of oral disease in older adults, oral health education for older people and oral health services for the elderly; aetiology and management of early childhood caries; oral health care for preschool children; treatment planning and evaluation of treatment; and advanced clinical experience in dental hygiene and dental therapy patient care. This subject also includes clinical ...
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