Courses & Curriculum

The Master of Science in Dental Hygiene program prepares dental hygienists who will research and discover new knowledge that will enhance the education of dental hygiene students and the vitality of the healthcare industry and improve the oral health of our society.

Education track

The education track is delivered online through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous class sessions. This format provides access to dental hygiene professionals nationwide who wish to pursue graduate education. A two-week campus visit is required for the clinic student teaching practicum. The management track is delivered on campus in the School of Dentistry and Carlson School of Management.

Prerequisite: students in both the management track and dental hygiene education tracks who have not taken an undergraduate descriptive/inferential statistics course will be required to do so prior to entry or prior to taking the required statistics course.

The total number of credit hours required for completion of the Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Degree Program is 33 credit hours for the education track and/or 36-41 credit hours for the management track.

Education courses (33 credits)

Education courses (33 credits)

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 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.

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 5407 Instructional Strategies (2 cr.) Application of principles of learning, learning styles, teaching styles, and instructional strategies; microteaching of selected instructional skills.

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 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.

DH 5413 Dental Hygiene Supervised Clinical Student Teaching (3 cr.) will prepare students to teach psychomotor skills in a clinic setting; observation and participation in selected supervised teaching experiences.

DH 5415 Dental Hygiene Didactic Student Teaching - Observation and participation in supervised teaching in dental hygiene education under faculty mentorship.

DH 5421 Grantwriting (1 cr.) The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to grant writing for health care professionals. Topics will include grant sourcing, matching goals and objectives to funding sources, creating evidence-based programs, developing an evaluation plan, writing a compelling proposal, and planning for funding sustainability. The effect of the economic environment and social responsibility of non-profit corporations will be discussed. Prerequisite: Current enrollment in the Master of Dental Hygiene program or consent of instructor.

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.

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Management Track

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 courses (36-38 credits)

Management courses (36-38 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.

DH 5421 Grantwriting (1 cr.) The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to grant writing for health care professionals. Topics will include grant sourcing, matching goals and objectives to funding sources, creating evidence-based programs, developing an evaluation plan, writing a compelling proposal, and planning for funding sustainability. The effect of the economic environment and social responsibility of non-profit corporations will be discussed. Prerequisite: Current enrollment in the Master of Dental Hygiene program or consent of instructor.

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 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.