Tropical Dentistry & Oral Health Catalogue

Tropical dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on the oral health needs of people living in tropical or subtropical regions of the world. These areas are often characterized by high levels of poverty, limited access to healthcare, and high rates of oral diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Programme Description

This is a 3 months (12 weeks) online diploma programme designed for Dental Health Care Professionals (DHCP) who desire to acquire the knowledge and skills that are necessary for effective dental and oral health practice in tropical and subtropical contexts.

Programme Objectives

  1. To educate learners on the principles and practice of dentistry and oral health in the tropics
  2. To produce graduates who would respond to the numerous dental and oral health challenges in tropical contexts
  3. To equip learners for future professional development, self-actualization, and practice management in the tropics
  4. To educate learners on the ability to cooperate with individuals, teams or groups and specialists in tropical practice and appropriate referrals

Teaching Target

The teaching target of the Diploma in Tropical Dentistry and Oral Health (DTDOH) programme is to help learners to grasp the basic knowledge and skills needed to master effective dental and oral health practice in tropical contexts.

Courses

CODE

CREDITS

TITLE
PD4-011

6

Fundamentals of Tropical Dentistry & Oral Health 
PC3-012

3

Oral Health Systems, Law & Policy
PD4-012

6

Oral Health Problems & Injuries in the Tropics
PD4-013

3

Basic Cariology
PD4-014

3

Basic Periodontology
PD4-015

3

Introduction to Oral Protozoology & Virology
PD4-016

3

Dental Emergencies & Oral Manifestations of Systemic Diseases
PD4-017

6

Adequate Oral Health Care in the Tropics
PC3-014

3

Social and Behavioural Sciences in Oral Health
PC3-015

4

Oral Health Promotion and Communication
PD4-018

3

Introduction to Epidemiological Surveys
PD4-019

6

DTDOH Capstone (Practicum/Field Work)
Other components of the DTDOH curriculum
RL00

0

GRIT
RL01

0

Developing your personal career strategy
WBN01

0

We are the Future
WBN02

0

Advocacy in Health Care
WBN04

0

Designing and Developing Healthcare Facilities & Programmes
WBN07

0

Stress and our Health and Illness States
WBN08

0

Behavioural Dimensions in the Concept of Health
WBN09

0

Nutritional Factors in Health and Illness States
WBN11

0

Communication in Health Education Programmes
WBN12

0

Anxiety Disorders
WBN13

0

Diagnosis of Oral Disease: History Taking
WBN14

0

Diagnosis of Oral Disease: Routine Physical Examination
WBN15

0

Diagnosis of Oral Disease: Choosing & Ordering Investigations
WBN16

0

Working in Resource-Limited Settings

Programme Plans

There are three (3) plans in this programme – Regular Plan, Career Boost Plan, and Business Plan. The details of each plan are given below. You should choose the plan that you intend to run during your application. Notice that the enrolment fee differs with each plan (https://orapuh.org/fees).

Projected Prospects after Taking this Programme

After taking this course, a learner should be able to

  1. Manifest increased knowledge and skills in the subject area
  2. Land a new job or promotion, or enhance their CV
  3. Possess sharpened skills
  4. Attract a salary raise
  5. Start a dental business/organization or improve the revenue generation, organization, and operations of an existing facility
  6. Enhance the operations of their own business/organization or their present work place
  7. Use their knowledge and skills to manage any health facility or project
  8. Help society better or give back to society

Available Cohorts 

Plan to join a cohort that is most suitable for your time and budget.

1. Session 2023/1: January 10 – April 1, 2023

2. Session 2023/2: April 3 – June 24, 2023

3. Session 2023/3: June 26 – September 16, 2023

4. Session 2023/4: September 18 – December 9, 2023

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