Teaching health promotion competencies in undergraduate dentistry training: A unique pedagogical approach

Allen, Tammy, O'Loughlin, Mary, and Croker, Felicity (2022) Teaching health promotion competencies in undergraduate dentistry training: A unique pedagogical approach. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 33 (S1). pp. 35-38.

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Issue Addressed: Using appropriate pedagogical approaches in undergraduate dentistry training is important to develop student's health promotion knowledge, and to shape their attitude towards using these competencies in future dentistry practice. This brief report documents the signature pedagogical approach developed for an undergraduate health science subject at James Cook University, to teach dentistry students health promotion competencies.

Pedagogical Approach: The signature pedagogy involves three key approaches – experiential learning, cooperative learning and inquiry-based learning. Experiential learning “beyond the classroom” enables students to develop and deliver a school-based oral health promotion program. “Inside the classroom,” role-plays encourage students to apply their health promotion skills to real-world dentistry scenarios. Cooperative learning techniques such as “think, pair, share” create a supportive environment for students to confidently exchange ideas; and inquiry-based learning engages students in thinking critically about health promotion strategies to address contemporary oral health challenges. These pedagogical approaches have developed student's understanding of the health promotion competencies required of a newly qualified dentist.

Conclusion: Pedagogical approaches that engage dentistry students in experiential, cooperative and inquiry-based learning are important considerations for undergraduate teaching, to strengthen understanding of health promotion and to help shape student's attitude towards using these competencies in future dentistry practice.

Item ID: 76152
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1036-1073
Keywords: competency, dental education, dental public health, dentistry, health promotion, pedagogical approaches
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Health Promotion Journal of Australia published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of Australian Health Promotion Association. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2023 04:17
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390199 Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420603 Health promotion @ 50%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200402 Dental health @ 50%
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