Course descriptions

Course Descriptions

Core Curriculum for Management and Education Track (10 credits)

Students in both the management and dental hygiene education tracks will participate in the following four core courses; Instructional Strategies, Research Methods in Health Sciences, Administrative Leadership and Professional Development, and Biostatistics.

  • Core Curriculum (10-11 credits)
    • DH 5407 Instructional Strategies (2 cr.) Application of principles of learning, learning styles, teaching styles, and instructional strategies; microteaching of selected instructional skills.
    • DH 5401 Research Methods in Health Sciences (2 cr.) Develop skills in the scientific method and analysis of research findings; emphasis placed on types of research, problem selection, hypothesis writing, research planning and design, data collection and measuring techniques, analysis and interpretation of data, ethics in research and writing the research proposal.
    • DH 5411 Administrative Leadership and Professional Development (1 cr.) Application of leadership theory and models of administrative roles in education, healthcare, research and corporate settings. Study of education and organization culture, strategic planning, human resource management and budgeting. Emphasis on professional development and advancement.
    • PubH 6414 Biostatistical Methods 1 (3 cr.) Descriptive statistics, graphical methods. Use of Excel. Proportions, relative risk, odds ratios. Random sampling. Estimates of means, medians, measures of variability. Normal distribution, t-/chi-square tests. Confidence intervals. Correlations/regressions. Inference/causality.
    • PubH 6673 Grantwriting (1 cr.) Hands-on workshop. Identifying successful elements of a grant application. Grant review process. Critiquing a grant. Writing an application.
Education Track (16 credits)

In addition to the core courses, dental hygiene education track students will participate in the following courses: The Discipline of Dental Hygiene, Curriculum and Course Development, Dental Hygiene Supervised Student teaching, Dental Hygiene Clinic Administration, Teaching and Learning with the Internet, and Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement.

  • Education Curriculum

    DH 5403 The Discipline of Dental Hygiene (2 cr.) will ensure that students’ dental hygiene practice is grounded in science and guided by research evidence; etiology, prevention, and treatment related to dental caries, periodontal diseases, oral cancer and other conditions; and, advances in technology.

    The Division of Dental Hygiene is committed to the philosophy that:

    • High-level clinical proficiency is essential for dental hygiene educators;
    • Knowledge and competency in the art and science of dental hygiene practice is requisite for the graduate of the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Program; and
    • Recipients of the MSDH should be advanced dental hygiene practitioners, experienced and competent in the most current clinic techniques and services.

    All students are encouraged to share this philosophy by participating in a self-assessment of their clinic skills. Students who wish to strengthen and expand their skills and/or gain new skills will participate in clinic sessions and/or in services to achieve clinical proficiency.

    • DH 5405 Curriculum and Course Development (2 cr.) will prepare students for curriculum and course development and management, competency-based education and outcomes assessment, and the role of accreditation in dental hygiene education. Students will develop a competency-based dental hygiene curriculum and a dental hygiene course.
    • DH 5409 Dental Hygiene Clinic Administration (2 cr.) will prepare students for the administration of a dental hygiene clinic and the development of dental hygiene clinic courses, policies and procedures, evaluation mechanisms including OSCEs and standardized patients, and case-based instruction.
    • DH 5413 Dental Hygiene Supervised Student Teaching (3 cr.) will prepare students to teach psychomotor skills in a clinic setting; observation and participation in selected supervised teaching experiences.
    • CI 5361 Teaching and Learning with the Internet (3 cr.) Implications/challenges in using Internet-based technoligues in the classroom. Pedagogical models.
    • DH 5410 Principles of Educational Measurement (2 cr.) will prepare students in the concepts, principles and methods in educational measurement. These concepts will include reliability, validity, item analysis, scores, score reports (e.g., grades). Also covered are principles of educative assessment and the development of assessment cases and problems and writing assignments.
  • Training in Responsible Conduct of Research

    Students will be required to complete formal training in the responsible conduct of research by taking the Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship Continuing Education program. Both the Informational Component and the Awareness/Discussion Component will be required.

    • DH 8773, 8774, 8775, 8776, 8779 Thesis Credits (10 cr.) Directed research toward completion of thesis. Students will complete 10 thesis credits and a research project under the supervision of an advisor and examining committee, write, and defend a thesis in a final oral examination. Students will be required to submit a manuscript based on their theses, approved by the students’ advisors, as one or more manuscripts into refereed journal, and submit a poster presentation abstract to be presented at a professional meeting. A final oral examination covering the thesis will be administered at the end of the students’ academic program, registration for thesis and satisfactory completion of all course work. The final oral examination will be administered by the examining committee members.
Management Track (12 credits)

The Master of Science in Dental Hygiene will provide management skills for dental hygienists who wish to enter the healthcare industry.

The dental hygiene management track is offered in collaboration with the world-renowned Carlson School of Management. In response to the demand by medical and dental industries for employees knowledgeable in healthcare management, the Carlson School of Management has established the Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) to provide leadership for graduates who wish to enter the medical and dental industry.

Oral healthcare companies desire employees who understand the science behind the products they manufacture and who have used and promoted their products to the consumer. Dental hygienists, because of their science acumen, are assuming positions as researchers, sales representatives, and managers of marketing and professional relations departments. In addition, dental hygienists have assumed responsibilities as managers of large dental clinics, practice management consultants, and entrepreneurs.

A supervised learning experience (internship) in a leading healthcare industry organization is an integral part of this program track. The internship will allow students to apply classroom theory in real-world business situations.

Where our students have interned: Proctor & Gamble, Dentsply, Hu-Friedy, Philips Oral Healthcare, Ultradent, Minnesota Department of Health, and Sunstar/Butler.

  • Management Curriculum (12 credits)

    Students in both the management and dental hygiene education tracks will participate in the following four core courses; Instructional Strategies, Research Methods in Health Sciences, Administrative Leadership and Professional Development, and Biostatistics.

    • MBA 6210 Marketing Management (3 cr.) Management of marketing function; understanding the basic foundational marketing concepts and skills in strategy development and planning of operational and strategic levels pertaining to product offering decisions, distribution channels, pricing and communication.
    • MBA 6220 Operations Management (3 cr.) Introduction to fundamental operations, management principles and concepts. The course takes a strategic view of operations in both a manufacturing and service context and stresses linkages to other functional areas. Many of the cases in the course take an international perspective.
    • MBA 6030 Financial Accounting (3 cr.) This course introduces the topic of financial accounting for U.S. organizations. The purpose of financial accounting is to provide information to owners of the firm and other interested parties to serve as the basis for making decisions about that firm. The student who successfully completes this class will be able to read, analyze, and understand U.S. financial statements that are prepared both under the general rules of U.S. accounting (US GAAP) and under the the international accounting rules (IFRS).

    1 of 2 options

    1. DH 5201 Management Internship (5 cr.) Supervised direct experience in the oral healthcare industry. Experience in corporations, healthcare management organizations, long-term healthcare facilities, publishing firms, and/or professional organization. AND 
      DH 5203 Capstone Project (3 cr.) Formulation of an extensive business plan/project related to an area of interest based on coursework taken and/or the internship experience. AND
      MBA Electives (10 cr).
    2. DH 8777 (10 cr.) Thesis and MBA Electives (8 cr.) 
  • Management Track Elective Course (4 credits)

    Choose from the following (not inclusive):

    • MBA 6300 Strategic Management (3 credits) Introduction to the concepts and techniques used to create and implement a sense of corporate direction; choices about products and markets that involve the integration of different functional areas; positioning a business to increase returns for shareholders and stakeholders; the skills involved in identifying issues, evaluating options, and implementing business plans.
    • ENTR 6020 Business Formation (4 credits) This course focuses on issues that are important at the launch and development of a business from concept development through business entry, either as a startup or through an acquisition. It covers opportunity identification and evaluation entry strategy, competitive analysis and business planning, forecasting and budgeting from a “blank slate,” resource markets and resource assembly, and problems/opportunities from concept stage through establishment of a viable business.
    • HRIR 8031 Staffing, Training and Development (4 credits) Introduction to staffing processes (recruitment, selection, promotion, demotion, transfer, dismissal, layoff, retirement); training development theory and techniques as mechanisms for influencing individual and organizational outcomes, such as performance, satisfaction, and climate.
    • MKTG 6051 Marketing Research (4 credits) Methods for collecting/analyzing data to solve marketing problems. Survey research techniques. Research design, secondary/primary data collection, sample design, data analysis. Application of techniques to marketing problems, marketing research projects.
    • MNGT 6110 Managing People and Organizations (2 credits) Behavioral science theory of employee behavior in organizations. Theory applied to practical situations. Motivation, cultural differences in management, ethical dilemmas, decision-making, leadership, timing.
    • MILI 6235 Pharmaceutical Industry, Business & Policy (2 credits) Business/policy issues specific to pharmaceutical industry. Interdisciplinary perspectives, active involvement by industry leaders.
    • MILI 6562 Information Technology in Health Care (2 credits) Harnessing resources of the emerging information age by focusing on the theory and conceptual base for healthcare information technology; application of current and developing health IT; and approaches to evaluate the effectiveness of health IT systems. An overview of information technology, computer technology, and data structures commonly found in healthcare information systems as well as current and emerging trends and strategies for information system design and evaluation.
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