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College of Dental Medicine-Arizona

Glendale, AZ Campus

Behavioral Science Education

College of Dental Medicine-Arizona

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Course Name

DENT 1510, 1520

Preventive Dental Medicine I and II

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These courses provide the student with an understanding of oral health, oral plaque biofilm, saliva, oral-systemic disease, and the fundamental epidemiology, etiology, pathology and risk-based prevention associated with the most common oral diseases: dental caries, periodontal disease, and oral cancer. The role of the dentist in identifying and managing anxious patients, patient-centered and culturally effective care, patient health education and compliance, and the role of nutrition in a patient's overall and oral health are discussed. Lectures are supplemented with case studies to prepare the student to develop preventive strategies for both preventive and restorative treatments.

Credits: 1 credit each

DENT 1514, 1523, 1534

Healthcare Ethics I, II, III

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Healthcare Ethics introduces dental students to the broad concepts of ethical guidelines, reasoning, and decision-making affecting the delivery of healthcare.

Credits: 0.5 credit each

DENT 1535

Introduction to Human Behavior I

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This course introduces dental students to communication and self-care skills. Topics include relationship and communication skills, rapport with patients and colleagues, stress and time management skills, and ethical considerations.

Credits: 1.0

DENT 1612, 1623, 1634

Dental Community Service I, II, III

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In these Dental Community Service courses, second year dental students participate in visits to elementary and junior high schools to provide health promotion education to students in oral disease prevention, tobacco cessation, and drug avoidance. Each student participates on two half-days per quarter.

Credits: 0.5 credits each

DENT 1615, 1622, 1633

Dental Ethics and Professionalism I, II, III

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Dental Ethics and Professionalism uses a case-based approach to clinical ethical reasoning and examination of ethical issues and dilemmas in the dental care setting. The course also addresses expectations for professional behavior among dental practitioners.

Credits: 0.5 credit each

DENT  1730

Introduction to Human Behavior II

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This course introduces dental students to the recognition, understanding, and symptom management of psychopathology in dental practice. Topics include depression, psychosis, addictions, behavioral change, and anxiety management.

Credits: 1.0

DENT 1734, 1743, 1832

Dental Ethics Grand Rounds I, II, III

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Dental Ethics Grand Rounds involves a series of large case study analyses through self-study, small group discussion, and in-class discussion.

Credits: 0.5 credit each

DENT 1842

Dental Ethics Capstone

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DENT 1842 is a capstone experience where students describe and analyze, in writing, a significant ethical issue or dilemma they have encountered in dental school.

Credits: 0.5