You = The HPV Vaccine Influencer

When the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the American Cancer Society join forces to state: "HPV vaccine is cancer prevention," every oral health care provider must become informed. Cases of oropharyngeal cancer caused by HPV are on the rise. Although most people infected by HPV don't develop oropharyngeal cancer, when it does occur, about 70% of cases are caused by HPV. While the disease is treatable, oropharyngeal cancer and its aftermath take a heavy toll. As an oral healthcare provider, you play a critical role in discussing cancer prevention and HPV vaccination.
Course Type:

How to complete this course

  1. Watch the video.
How to receive CE credit
  1. Register for the course. Course Number CF3028.
  2. Complete your brief quiz and course evaluation.
  3. Receive a Certificate of Completion via email.


Learn How To

  • Update your knowledge of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer
  • Define your role in the prevention of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer
  • Advocate for the increased use of the HPV vaccine
  • Utilize motivational interviewing as a tool to influence HPV vaccination

Additional Resources

The Journal of the American Dental Association’s Cover Story: Parent perceptions of dental care providers' role in human papillomavirus prevention and vaccine advocacy

Training Methods

Electronically mediated: illustrated lectures, case studies

Credits and Fees




1.5 hours

Minnesota Credits

1.5 Fundamental Credit Hours

Includes CORE Subject Areas:

  • Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
  • Patient Communication


Cynthia L. Stull, MDH, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Cyndee received her dental hygiene education at the University of South Dakota. After receiving an Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene at USD, she pursued further education in the area of public health at the University of Minnesota. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene Public Health in 1982. Cyndee worked in private practice dental hygiene until November 2014; and in 2009, she began her career as a dental hygiene educator at Argosy University in Eagan, Minnesota. She joined the University of Minnesota, Division of Dental Hygiene in 2010. Cyndee received a Master of Dental Hygiene degree from the University of Minnesota in 2013. In 2018, she became the director of the MSDH program at the University of Minnesota.

Additional Details

Recorded: April 30, 2020. Reviewed and launched: July 2020. Expiration date: 2023.

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