Society and Health 1B

Subject ORAL10002 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 42 hours of lectures, seminars, self-directed and computer assisted learning and field work.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Matt Hopcraft


Melbourne Dental School

4th Floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: +61 3 9341 1500


Subject Overview:

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 of the community.

Applied Behavioural Science: The theoretical foundations to psychosocial problems; orofacial attractiveness; self identity and social functioning; behaviour management techniques; anxiety; fear and phobia; patient and parent management; and theories of learning.


On completion of this subject, students should:

(1) Comprehend:
a) the basic concepts of community and social structures and the implications for health and oral health;
b) the relevance of psychology and human development to the broader field of health care, teaching and learning and dental practice;
c) the principles of management of relationships with patients and carers.

(2) Demonstrate:
a) the ability to
• plan and present written communications incorporating a respect for enquiry, scholarship and intellectual integrity;
• consider oral health care in a holistic fashion which takes cognizance of the social, cultural and economic environment in which people live;
• retrieve and critically appraise research relevant to oral health therapy practice;
b) effective skills in electronic retrieval, library searching, electronic mail, the use of Blackboard multimedia programs and Internet resources.

(3) Appreciate:
a) the range of differing healthcare needs of individuals and groups within the community and diversity of the methods needed to provide them;
b) the responsibilities of dental hygienists, dental therapists, and other members of the dental professions in addressing the oral health needs of individuals and the community; and
c) the value and application of evidence based practice.


1) One written assignment of no more than 1500 words on Community Oral Health to be submitted on completion of lecture program (25%);

2) One written assignment in Applied Behavioural Psychology of no more than 1000 words to be submitted mid-semester (25%);

3) One 2-hour written examination at the end of second semester covering Research Methods and Applied Behavioural Psychology (50%).

An overall assessment mark of 50% is required to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

  • Essential Dental Public Health, Daly B, Watt R, Batchelor P, Treasure E, Oxford University Press, Oxford UK, 2002
  • Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives: Australia’s National Oral Health Plan 2004-2013, National Advisory Committee on Oral Health (NACOH). Prepared by the National Advisory Committee on Oral Health for the Australian Health Ministers Conference (AHMC), 2004 Government of South Australia available on line at:

  • Australia’s Dental Generations: the National Survey of Adult oral Health 2004-06, Slade GD, Spencer AJ, Roberts-Thomson KF (eds.). AIHW cat. No. DEN 165. Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (dental Statistics and Research Series No. 34). 2007. Available on line at:
  • Introduction to Research in the Health Sciences, S Polgar and S Thomas, 5 th Ed. Churchill Livingstone, 2007
  • Behavioural Sciences for Dentistry, G Humphris and MS Ling, Churchill Livingstone, 2000
  • The Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence, KS Berger, Worth, 2003
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

  • Planning and presenting;
  • Critical appraisal of research papers;
  • Multimedia; and
  • Value and application of evidence.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Oral Health

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