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Master of Arts Degree in Oral Health Promotion

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This innovative and exciting 18 month Master of Arts Degree in Oral Health Promotion provides a foundation for the student to develop and test an innovative enterprising model for oral health promotion.   The student will master all aspects of preventing dental disease and maintaining oral health both for individuals and communities. The use of scientific evidence is a primary focus for plan development and evaluation. Business development is a core focus of this program. Development of writing and presentation skills will be essential. An action research based approach to oral health promotion plus effective brand development, marketing and advertising encompass the program. An action research dissertation is required for graduation.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Students need to be licensed/registered dental hygienists with a BS or BSc Degree. Students must also provide a paragraph explaining why they want to create a novel enterprise to promote oral health. 

 

CURRICULUM

THE MA PROGRAM CONSISTS OF FIVE MODULES

Total Points = 180 in Five Modules

Post Graduate Certificate in Oral Health Promotion

Module 1. Foundation in Oral Health Promotion: 30 points, 3 months

Module 2. The Business of Dental Hygiene: 30 points, 3 months

 

Post Graduate Diploma in Oral Health Promotion

Module 3. Brand development, advertising, marketing: 30 points, 3 months

Module 4. Oral Health Promotion - Evidence & Research: 30 points, 3 months

 

Master of Arts Degree in Oral Health Promotion

Module 5. Design and implement a new business enterprise and action research project: 60 points, 6 months.

 

Module One

Foundation in Oral Health Promotion

Months 0 - 3 

Overview

This three-month module provides the introduction and foundation for the Master’s Degree Program. This program is based on inquiry and reflection and will focus on oral health promotion, specifically trends in oral health models: locally, nationally and internationally. Students will complete this module with expertise in oral health promotion. As an expert in oral health, students will develop an Action Research plan for a new enterprise to promote oral health.

Outcomes 

  •     Demonstrate expertise in oral health promotion.
  •     Critically appraise current prevention models.
  •     Develop a creative enterprise model for oral health promotion.

 

Module Two

The Business of Dental Hygiene

Months 4 – 6

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Module 1

Overview 

This 3-month module provides a fundamental understanding of business and profitability. This program is based on inquiry and reflection and will focus on dental hygienist in business-specifically owning, working within, and partnership within businesses. Students will complete this module with skilled business acumen. As a skilled business professional, students will develop the business plan for their Action Research plan for a new enterprise to promote oral health.

Outcomes 

  •     Demonstrate expertise in creating a business plan.
  •     Critically appraise current business models.
  •     Develop creative new models for dental hygienists to create additional passive income through business ownership.

 

Module Three

Brand Development, Advertising and Marketing

Months 7 – 9

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Modules 1 and 2 

Overview

This 3-month module will provide a fundamental understanding of brand development and marketing. With the guidance of marketing and design experts, a brand strategy will be developed for the project that results in a cohesive, distinctive and successful brand. Core brand values will be identified prior to developing a core brand message and the brand personality. Materials covered in this module will help students create a brand strategy document for their Action Research plan for a new enterprise to promote oral health.

Outcomes 

  •     Identify the core values and personality of your brand.
  •     Identify the market and customers your brand is intended to reach.
  •     Create a brand strategy document for a new oral health promotion enterprise.

 

Module Four

Oral Health Promotion - Evidence and Research

Months 10 – 12

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Modules 1, 2 and 3 

Overview

This 3-month module looks at various roles dental hygienists and therapists play in research currently and in the future. We explore evidenced based practice and examine the assumptions underpinning qualitative and quantitative paradigms and the ways in which particular methodologies and methods are aligned to each other. The module is positioned prior to beginning the Masters project in order to allow students to position their work at an appropriate level and to be equipped to write their own action research dissertation.

Outcomes

  •     Demonstrate the capacity to evaluate research.
  •     Critically appraise qualitative and quantitative paradigms.
  •     Critique the selection and use of research methodologies and methods.

 

Module Five

Developing and Testing a New Business Model

Months 13 – 19

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 

Overview

This 6-month module builds on the experience gained from all the previous programs at OHU and positions the post graduate dental professional with the creativity, knowledge and skills to design and implement a business model and brand strategy for a new oral health promotion enterprise with goals of achieving greater oral health and financial success.

Outcomes

  •     Demonstrate successful application of the Brand Strategy and Business Plan.
  •     Measure outcomes for both improved oral health and financial potential of the enterprise.
  •     Critically appraise the new business model for ongoing success.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  •     Successful completion of all five modules
  •     Completion of Action Research Project
  •     Presentation of an Action Research Dissertation
  •     Students are required to complete this 18-month program within three years.

 

TUITION

Tuition for the MA in Oral Health Promotion will be $3,590 per Module. There is a $50 application fee. A payment plan is available.