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CDHC Curriculum Outline

The CDHC curriculum was developed by experts in education, public health and dentistry to meet the seven core competencies.

Seven Core Competencies

  1. Developing and implementing community-based oral health prevention and promotion programs.
  2. Knowledge and skills required to prioritize population and patient groups.
  3. Knowledge and skills required to provide individual preventive services based on approved plans.
  4. Knowledge and skill required to collect diagnostic data.
  5. Knowledge and skill required to perform a variety of clinical-supported treatments
  6. Knowledge and skill required for administrative procedures
  7. Knowledge and skill required to temporize dental cavities in preparation for restorative care by a dentist.

The educational components of the curriculum are designed for online delivery, accompanied by a series of in-person sessions for student skill development and evaluation. The ADA developed the community health worker–related courses and the dental-related elements of the curriculum

Elements of the CDHC training include:

  • Introduction to Dentistry
  • Dental Health Screening and Classification
  • Preventing Dental Caries
  • Preventing Periodontal Disease
  • Preventing Oral Cancer
  • Dental Care Finance
  • Palliative Care
  • Interviewing Skills for Dental Health Advocates
  • Oral Health Communication
  • Dental Health Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Dental Health Advocacy and Outreach
  • Community Dental Health Coordinator Internship