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Master of  Health Science Program for Dental Hygiene
Dental Hygiene

M.S. in Health Science Program of Study

Dental Hygiene Track

UMB Curriculum


First Year Summer Term

Introduction to Library Resources and Scholarly Writing (MHS 600) – 1 credit

Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health:  Theory, Models and Public Health Communication Skills (PH/Prev 610) – 3 credits 

UM credits for term:  4


First Year Fall Term

Principles of Epidemiology (PH/Prev 600) – 3 credits

UM credits for term:  6  (see below for DHYG grad 3 hour courses)


First Year Spring Term

Principles of Biostatistics (PH/Prev 620) – 3 credits

UM credits for term:  6 (see below for DHYG grad 3 hour courses)



Second Year Summer Term

Community-Based Participatory Research Methods (Prev 625) – 3 credits

Public Health Ethics (PH/Prev 623) – 3 credits

UM credits for term:  6

Second Year Fall Term

Leadership and Communication (MHS 652) – 3 credits

Research Seminar (MHS 608) – 3 credits

UM credits for term:  6

Second Year Spring Term

Introduction to the Health System and Health Policy Management (PH/PREV 648)  - 3 credits

Research Seminar (MHS 608) – 3 credits

UM credits for term:  6

Third Year Summer Term

Capstone Presentation - 2 credits

UM credits for term:  2

Total UM credits:  37

Leadership in Oral Healthcare Delivery

3 credit hours

This course enables students to develop skills for assumption of leadership roles in health care delivery systems, third party financing organizations, non-profit and for profit entities and governmental bodies that address oral health and related services. Students will engage in activities to build confidence and expertise in leadership, coalition building and constructive use of power, influence, and politics. Theories supporting skill development in negotiation and conflict resolution will be applied.

Dental Hygiene Practice: Current Trends and Issues

3 credit hours

This course examines current issues and trends affecting health care delivery as related to the profession of dental hygiene.  Course content includes examination of external forces that affect dental hygiene practice such as health care policy and politics, economics, demographic change and sociological forces.  Specific trends that influence the profession of dental hygiene including current legislation, state practice acts, emerging practice settings, collaborative care models, manpower estimates, and the financing of oral health care will be explored.