Master of Dental Hygiene (MDH) Curriculum

July 2013

  1. DH 600 Methods and Strategies of Dental Hygiene Teaching
  2. DH 601 Dental Hygiene Clinical Teaching and Evaluation
  3. DH 602 Introduction to Research for the Health Professional
  4. DH 603 Community Oral Health Promotion
  5. DH 606 Introduction to Statistics for the Health Professional
  6. DH 700 Dental Hygiene Education: Administration, Planning, and Organization
  7. DH 701 Student Services in Dental Hygiene Education
  8. DH 702 Internship in Dental Hygiene Education
  9. DH 705 Elective Study in Dental Hygiene
  10. DH 706 Capstone Project in Dental Hygiene Education
  11. DH 707 Online Teaching Strategies


  1. DH 600 Methods and Strategies of Dental Hygiene Teaching
    3 credit hours

    The purpose of this course is to prepare graduates to teach and evaluate didactic courses traditionally included in the undergraduate dental hygiene curriculum. Components of this course include: overview of adult educational theory, face-to-face and web-based instructional technology, curriculum design, and teaching strategies and evaluation techniques related to cognitive and affective teaching and learning. Extensive graduate student classroom teaching is included in DH 702 Internship in Dental Hygiene Education. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for DH 702 Internship in Dental Hygiene Education.

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  2. DH 601 Dental Hygiene Clinical Teaching and Evaluation
    3 credit hours

    The purpose of this course is twofold. First, graduates will be prepared to teach and evaluate fine psychomotor skills both in preclinical technique courses and in dental hygiene clinic. The second purpose is to prepare graduates to serve as clinical coordinators and/or clinical faculty members. Included in this section is information related to clinic administration as it applies to both clinical faculty and students. Developing undergraduate students' professional behavior, clinical technique, and patient communication skills during patient treatment will be emphasized. Graduates will gain knowledge related to clinical administration as it relates to establishing clinical requirements, competencies and mock clinical exams and calibration of clinical grading. Extensive student clinical teaching is included in DH 702 Internship in Dental Hygiene Education. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for DH 702 Internship in Dental Hygiene Education.

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  3. DH 602 Introduction to Research for the Health Professional
    3 credit hours

    This course is designed for basic introduction to research design for dental hygiene educators. It will provide a step-by-step overview of the research process and incorporate widely used methods for statistical analysis. Introduction to Statistics for the Health Professional is a prerequisite for this course for students who enroll after March 1, 2010. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for DH 706 Capstone Project in Dental Hygiene Education.

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  4. DH 603 Community Oral Health Promotion
    3 credit hours

    This course is project-based and will further prepare students to serve in leadership positions in public and/or private-not-for-profit dental public health agencies. This graduate course builds on Community Dental Health course(s) completed in the undergraduate curriculum. It will expand knowledge and concepts covered in undergraduate community oral health planning and will be tailored to the graduate students? area of expertise and interest.

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  5. DH 606 Introduction to Statistics for the Health Professional

    This course is designed for basic introduction to statistics for dental hygiene educators. It will provide a step-by-step overview of statistical procedures and incorporate widely used methods for statistical analysis. This course is a prerequisite course for Introduction to Research for the Health Professional for students who enroll after March 1, 2010. Successful completion of this course is also a current prerequisite for DH 706 Capstone Project in Dental Hygiene Education.

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  6. DH 700 Dental Hygiene Education: Administration, Planning, and Organization
    3 credit hours

    The study of leadership theories and program administration unique to dental hygiene educational programs, including an understanding of general and specialized accreditation processes, role of state dental licensure boards, human resources, faculty performance assessment, program financing from public funding and clinical fees, clinic administration and outcomes assessment.

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  7. DH 701 Student Services in Dental Hygiene Education
    3 credit hours

    An overview course of student services available at the community college or university level such as but not limited to student health, student conduct, recruiting, admissions, financial aid, and judicial affairs.

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  8. DH 702 Internship in Dental Hygiene Education
    3 credit hours

    The purpose of this course is to allow the student extensive experience in day to day operation of a dental hygiene program. Preclinical/clinical Teaching: Each graduate student is required to participate in pre-clinical and/or clinical instruction at a dental hygiene program for a minimum of one day per week or equivalent for an entire semester at the campus chosen by the MDH student and approved by the graduate director. An onsite mentor must be identified by the student and approved by the graduate director. In addition to clinical teaching, each graduate student is required to assist a professor in teaching a didactic course in a dental hygiene program. Students are required to attend all class meetings, provide a minimum of 6 hours of didactic instruction and develop a minimum of 1 exam. An onsite mentor must be identified by the student and approved by the graduate director. Graduate students will be evaluated by on site mentor, course instructor(s) and undergraduate students. Graduate faculty will work closely with students to identify appropriate faculty mentors from dental hygiene educational programs in students' home communities so that requirements can be completed, even at a distance from the Memphis campus. During the semester proceeding enrollment in this course, students are highly encouraged to identify the dental hygiene educational program where their internship will take place.

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  9. DH 705 Elective Study in Dental Hygiene
    3 credit hours

    The purpose of this course is to allow the student flexibility in meeting specific educational needs. Elective course content must be approved by the MDH curriculum committee.

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  10. DH 706 Capstone Project in Dental Hygiene Education
    3 credit hours

    This is a capstone activity which should demonstrate the writing, organizational and communication skills associated with the MDH degree. The graduate student will identify a mentor or advisor for this project who has demonstrated content expertise related to the topic selected. The topic must be related to material taught in the MDH curriculum and approved by the MDH curriculum committee. Students are not allowed to register for this course without consultation with the graduate director. This course is typically taken during the final semester of the curriculum.

    It is required that the student defend the capstone activity proposal during the on-site Memphis campus visit, by teleconference, or conference call. Students must also defend findings and conclusion by on-site Memphis campus visit, by teleconference, or conference call.

    The graduate student will select one of the following options:

    1. conduct an extensive research project. Oral and written reports required, including defense of project and submission fororal or poster presentation at a regional or national meeting.
    2. complete a rigorous project focused on real-world dental hygiene setting and application of problem-solving methods for development of solutions. Oral and written reports required, including defense of project and submission fororal or poster presentation at a regional or national meeting.
    3. other projects as approved by the graduate faculty.

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  11. DH 707 Online Teaching Strategies
    3 credit hours

    An overview of online teaching strategies included to prepare the student to teach in an online format.

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Graduate Program in Dental Hygiene

930 Madison Avenue
Suite 600
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: 901-448-6230