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How Does O’Hehir University Work?

Students are assigned to a cohort of four to seven students meeting weekly to every other week for one hour in virtual video conference calls to discuss the state of oral health today, career goals and project development. This type of online interaction fosters discussion, mentoring and peer review.  Students combine reflective learning and academic inquiry with their practical, professional experience to fulfill degree requirements.

Completing a SWOT Analysis of both oral health today and their career provides an understanding of strengths and weaknesses and identifies opportunities and threats. This approach to education allows for practical application, better preparing dental hygienists to implement change in their clinical practice environments and in their careers.

Four books are required: Anxiety Free by Patrick McKeown, Reflective Writing Pocket Study Skills by Willilams, Woolliams, and Spiro, Health Behavior Change in the Dental Practice by Christoph Ramseier & Jean Suvan and 100 Questions about Action Research by Duesbery and Twyman.  These books prepare students for a new and exciting experience in learning based on Reflective and Inquiry Learning Methods.

Students complete an Action Research Project and submit a written thesis. The research project implements a small change in their current approach to patients to achieve greater oral health for patients. This project is peer-assessed and submitted as part of the requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree.