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Curriculum for Master of Science in Dental Hygiene

Online Course List - Plan I: Thesis Option
Semester 1Credits
DEHY 510 Dental Hygiene Research Methods3
DEHY 502 Instructional Strategies3
DEHY 505 Clinical Teach / Admin4
Semester 2Credits
DEHY 500 Current Issues3
DEHY 501 Dental Hygiene Management / Admin3
DEHY 503 Oral Medicine3
Semester 3Credits
DEHY 599 Thesis3
STAT 538 Selected Topic in Stats4
Semester 4Credits
DEHY 504 Dental Hygiene Internship6
DEHY 599 Thesis3
Total 34

 

Online Course List - Plan II: Non-Thesis Specialty
Semester 1Credits
DEHY 510 Dental Hygiene Research Methods3
DEHY 502 Instructional Strategies3
DEHY 505 Clinical Teach / Admin4
Semester 2Credits
DEHY 500 Current Issues3
DEHY 501 Dental Hygiene Management / Admin3
DEHY 503 Oral Medicine3
Semester 3Credits
DEHY 560 Non-Thesis Project3
STAT 538 Selected Topic in Stats3
Graduate Course from Specialty3
Semester 4Credits
DEHY 504 Dental Hygiene Internship6
Graduate Course from Specialty3
Total 37

D HYGN 500: Current Issues in Dental Hygiene (3 credits): In-depth discussion focusing on current issues facing the dental hygiene discipline. This course explores current issues facing the dental hygiene discipline and planning and implementation strategies to make changes in dental hygiene for the betterment of society. This is a problem-based course that includes both undergraduate and graduate students. Graduate students will facilitate case studies within groups of undergraduate students and ultimately report case findings. Interdisciplinary work will also be included. Students choose case study topics with approval from the course director. This course was designed in conjunction with the UNM School of Medicine's interdisciplinary courses.

D HYGN 501: Dental Hygiene Management and Administration (3 credits): Principles of management and administration in a variety of settings and in-depth discussions of ethics in dental hygiene. This course will be taught by the dental hygiene program director and cover leadership, decision-making and problem-solving skills. In addition, current theories and staff management paradigms, daily operations, administration and planning, implementation and evaluation activities will be presented. Students will be required to submit papers for publication based upon management and administrative endeavors in dental hygiene.

D HYGN 502: Instructional Strategies (3 credits): Theories and concepts on the teaching of dental hygiene students and presenting research to national and international audiences. Technological advances in teaching classroom, laboratory and clinical courses to be discussed. Students will prepare and present a lesson in the undergraduate program and a professional talk to their peers. This course is designed to provide graduate-level dental hygienists with the concepts of education and to develop national and international dental hygiene speakers.

D HYGN 503: Oral Medicine (3 credits: 1 hour didactic/6 hours clinical): Didactic and clinical course focusing on assessment, dental hygiene diagnosis, treatment plan, treatment, referral and evaluation of dental hygiene cases. Graduate-level topics in periodontology and oral pathology will be covered. The course director will work with a variety of experts who will present to the class. The didactic portion will include problem-based learning, class assignments and lecture/discussion. The clinic course will focus on dental treatment, diagnosis and evaluation of medically compromised patients.

D HYGN 504: Dental Hygiene Internship (6 credits): Direct observation and supervised learning in an area of dental hygiene. Interns complete this practicum in selected sites implementing the skills acquired in DH 502. These will include sites from all over New Mexico, depending on the student's individualized track, which may include community clinics, dental educational institutions, public health departments and agencies, hospitals, long'-term care facility, military bases and prisons. The graduate program director must approve all internships.

D HYGN 505: Clinical Teaching and Administration (3 credits: 1 hour didactic/6 hours clinical): The theory and practice of laboratory, pre-clinical and clinical dental hygiene instruction, with emphasis on the coordination of clinical dental hygiene education. This course will consist of a didactic portion, which teaches the current theories, concepts and paradigms of clinical dental hygiene education. Students will work on assignments in the coordination and operation of a dental hygiene educational clinic. Students will study and apply concepts in student clinical advising. The clinic portion will also include hands-on teaching experience with undergraduate students.

D HYGN 507: Problems (1-3 credits): A topical research and procedures course that can be individualized for the student. All problems topics must be approved by the graduate program director.

D HYGN 510: Dental Hygiene Research (3 credits): Dental hygiene research methodologies, with emphasis on grant writing, research proposals and research presentations. Students will cover the research approaches and types, research methodologies, biostatistics, ethics and consent issues in dental research, as well as dental research entities nationally and internationally. 

DEHY 538: Statistics in Dental Hygiene Research (3 Credits): Provides a conceptual foundation of statistics related to basic, clinical, and behavioral dental hygiene science.

D HYGN 560: (3 credits): A graduate project that does not include the conduct of research, but does include a comprehensive review of the literature on a specific topic approved by the Division of Dental Hygiene.

D HYGN 561: Advanced Dental Hygiene Clinic (6 credits):  Clinical and didactic course that focuses on dental hygiene theory and practice working with interdisciplinary health care workers in a variety of settings including hospital, geriatric, preschool and school children, cancer, social work and long-term facilities. Students will be supervised by the course coordinator and will work alongside dentists, physicians, nurses, faculty dental hygienists and other allied health care providers.

D HYGN 599: Thesis (6 credits): Continuation of research, culminating in a master's degree thesis.