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Decision Science

DSCI 245. BUSINESS STATISTICS 1. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: one of the following: MATH 142, MATH 161, HONS 161 or MATH 200 with a grade ≥B-.
An introduction to decision making in the business environment using statistical and data analysis procedures. Computer software is used extensively. Written communication skills are emphasized as a means to incorporate analysis results into the decision making process. Topical coverage includes discrete and continuous probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing.

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DSCI 346. BUSINESS STATISTICS 2. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: DSCI 245 and one of the following: MATH 142, MATH 161, HONS 161,(MATH 200 with a grade ≥B-) or permission of the instructor.
This course offers and in-depth study of decision making in the business environment using statistical and data analysis procedures. Statistical methods used in decision making include chi-square tests, analysis of variance, correlation, simple and multiple regression, time series analysis, and forecasting. Computer software is used extensively for both analysis and presentation. Case studies or projects are used to integrate statistical methods with problem solving and communication skills.

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Dental Hygiene

DNHY 467S. CAREER STRATEGIES. 1 Credit.

Cross-listed: HSCI 467S.
Pre-requisites: acceptance into Dental Hygiene or Health Science.
Students explore alternate career paths and essential skills needed to create a professional development plan related to the diverse roles of the allied health professional.

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DNHY 469S. APPLIED STATISTICS AND EVIDENCE-BASED DECISION MAKING FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES. 4 Credits.

Cross-listed: HSCI 469S.
Pre-requisites: MTHD 104 or MTHD 106 or equivalent logic course approved by the department. Acceptance into Dental Hygiene or Health Science program.
Integration of applied statistics, critical appraisal of research, clinical expertise and client values are examined to formulate evidence-based decisions in providing effective healthcare.

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DNHY 471S. PRINCIPLES OF RESEARCH AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING. 4 Credits.

Cross-listed: HSCI 471S.
Pre-requisites: acceptance into Dental Hygiene or Health Science program.
Basic principles of research and the facilitation of the development of analytical skills for evaluation of professional research culminating in the writing of a scientific research report.

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DNHY 477S. LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. 1 Credit.

Cross-listed: HSCI 477S.
Pre-requisites: admission into Dental Hygiene or Health Science.
This course focuses on the development of leadership skills and personal attributes needed to fulfill the professional roles of the allied health care professional.

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DNHY 485S. ORAL HEALTH PROMOTION. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: acceptance to the BSDH Degree completion program.
This course focuses on current topics related to oral health affecting changes in global populations.

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DNHY 486S. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN DENTAL HYGIENE. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: acceptance to the BSDH Degree completion program.
A seminar on various global roles of the dental hygienist, innovations in technology, best practices, science and policy related to the dental hygiene process of care.

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DNHY 487S. PRINCIPLES AND POLICIES OF HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT. 3 Credits.

Cross-listed: HSCI 487S.
Pre-requisites: acceptance into Dental Hygiene or Health Science program.
Management and policy creation for healthcare programs and businesses, specific disciplines in healthcare are discussed according to student needs.

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DNHY 488S. RELATIONSHIP, ETHICS AND COMMUNICATION IN HEALTHCARE. 3 Credits.

Cross-listed: HSCI 488S.
Pre-requisites: acceptance into Dental Hygiene or Health Science program.
Overarching themes of cultural diversity and global perspectives are employed in the application of theories and concepts of relationship building, ethics and communication for the healthcare provider.

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DNHY 489S. PRINCIPLES OF DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: acceptance to the Online BSDH Degree completion program.
This course provides an overview of basic public health concepts including epidemiology, policy, cost, well-being, access and global health focusing on the relationship of oral public health to general public health.

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DNHY 490S. DENTAL HYGIENE CAPSTONE. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: acceptance to the BSDH degree completion program.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–senior capstone.
This course incorporates the major learning themes of the dental hygiene curriculum resulting in a student-generated culminating capstone project.

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DNHY 491S. FOUNDATIONS OF CLINICAL EDUCATION. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: HSCI 491S.
Pre-requisites: acceptance into Dental Hygiene or Health Science program.
A foundation course providing fundamental theories, teaching strategies and applications in education and leadership.

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DNHY 492S. EDUCATION/HEALTH PROMOTION PRACTICUM. 3 Credits.

Cross-listed: HSCI 492S.
Pre-requisites: DNHY 491S or HSCI 491S.
A practicum experience in didactic, clinical or laboratory instruction integrating leadership, professionalism, ethics, educational theories and teaching strategies, with a focus on assessment and evaluation.

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DNHY 494S. MYTHOLOGY, FOLKLORE AND HEALTHCARE. 4 Credits.

Cross-listed: HSCI 494S.
Pre-requisites: ENGL 201, DNHY 470S or HSCI 470S.
A course offering historical and diverse perspectives on health based on folklore and mythology.

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DNHY 502S. GRADUATE SEMINAR IN HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: admission to the DNHY graduate program.
This seminar courses focuses on the use of technology in healthcare.

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DNHY 505S. HEALTHCARE LEADERSHIP. 3 Credits.

Focusing on healthcare providers, this course provides skill building in the critical areas of leadership development. The content develops the leadership skills essential for achieving personal and organizational objectives.

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DNHY 520S. RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES AND SCHOLARLY WRITING. 4 Credits.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 563S or approved statistics course by dept.
This course focuses on the research methods, writing, critical and analytical skills necessary to complete a successful thesis, develop a grant, and use evidence based practices as a life-long learner.

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DNHY 530S. INTRODUCTION TO THESIS. 1 Credit.

Pre-requisites: PUBH 563S or approved statistics course by dept., DNHY 520S or concurrent enrollment in DNHY 520S.
This course provides a foundation for development of a thesis on a chosen topic under the direction of a faculty member.

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DNHY 600S. THESIS. 2 Credits.

Notes: can be repeated for up to a total of 20 thesis credits.
Pre-requisites: DNHY 520S, DNHY 530S, PUBH 563S.
Under the direction of faculty, students use current research to write a thesis demonstrating mastery of a chosen topic.

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DNHY 605S. COMPONENTS OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT. 2 Credits.

This course offers an overview of general principles of teaching, learning and evaluation in academic and community oral health programs. Emphasis is on dissecting the components of program development (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation).

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DNHY 610S. HEALTHCARE EDUCATION THEORIES AND INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS. 2 Credits.

This course introduces evidence-based concepts to prepare the instructor /health promoter for a successful teaching experience. Major themes include learning and teaching styles, learning objective development, lesson planning, assessment strategies and classroom management techniques in traditional, laboratory, online and community settings.

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DNHY 615S. PRINCIPLES OF DENTAL HYGIENE COURSE AND CURRICULUM DESIGN. 3 Credits.

Pre-requisites: DNHY 605S, DNHY 610S.
This course focuses on the study of course and curriculum development, leadership, administrative theories and andragogy unique to the profession of dental hygiene.

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DNHY 620S. SEMINAR ON CONCEPTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH PROMOTION. 2 Credits.

In this thematic seminar students use current evidence to engage in discussion on topics related to the roles of advocate and health promoter.

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DNHY 625S. CLINICAL TEACHING STRATEGIES. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: DNHY 605S, DNHY 610S.
This course focuses on theories and methods of clinical instruction and supervision, including psychomotor skill development, competency-based evaluation, student mentoring and remediation. Organizational and administrative philosophies in clinical education based on accreditation standards are examined.

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DNHY 630S. SEMINAR ON HEALTHCARE POLICIES AND FINANCE. 2 Credits.

This thematic seminar provides the student with opportunities to investigate and discuss current literature on healthcare policy and finance.

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DNHY 635S. PRACTICUM. 5 Credits.

Notes: approval required for off-campus sites.
Pre-requisites: DNHY 605S, DNHY 610S, DNHY 615S, DNHY 625S.
This course focuses on an individualized learning experience to apply principle and theories in an emphasis area.

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DNHY 640S. SEMINAR ON ADMINISTRATION, MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION. 2 Credits.

Pre-requisites: DNHY 505S, DNHY 615S.
In this thematic seminar, students discuss the relational, operational and analytical skills key to success in administration a including the application of leadership, management theory and organizational behavior. Topics include accreditation, quality assurance, policymaking, relationship building, strategic planning, conflict resolution and communication.

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Disability Studies

DSST 310. DISABILITY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY. 5 Credits.

Notes: may be stacked with DSST 501.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–diversity.
Disability and persons with disabilities have been with us throughout the history of humankind. This course familiarizes students to disability as a component of the diverse tapestry of society. Historical disability conceptualizations and issues are discussed. Contemporary and emerging explanations of disability in contemporary society and Disability Culture are explored.

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DSST 410. DISABILITY AS DIVERSITY. 5 Credits.

Cross-listed: GWSS 418.
Notes: may be stacked with DSST 510.
Pre-requisites: junior standing or instructor permission required.
This course teaches students to recognize, analyze, and comprehend disability, and disabled persons, as part of the rich tapestry of human experience; including disability intersections with other diverse identities and groups in society. Working through interdisciplinary scholarship, cultural artifacts, and first-person accounts, students will learn how disability compliments and also complicate existing identity categories and notions of diversity.

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DSST 420. HUMAN DIVERSITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS. 5 Credits.

Notes: may be stacked with DSST 520.
Pre-requisites: successful completion of a university diversity course or permission of the instructor.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–global studies.
This course explores how laws and policies affect diverse people and groups; majority and minority, domestically and globally. It goes beyond laws and policies affecting discrete groups based on their characteristics by addressing intersectionalities, analyzing beliefs and practices that transcend specific times, identities, and locations. It looks at how societies and contexts frame people’s individual characteristics and traits and develop policies and practices.

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DSST 490. SENIOR CAPSTONE PROJECT IN UNIVERSAL ACCESS. 5 Credits.

Notes: may be stacked with DSST 590.
Pre-requisites: DSST 410 or permission of the instructor.
Satisfies: a university graduation requirement–senior capstone.
This course provides students the opportunity to develop a community-based, service-learning project with colleagues from multiple academic disciplines. Under the direction of the instructor, students participate in a project that addresses universal access in the context of a diverse society. Weekly lectures integrate conceptual and practical learning relative to universal access for diverse populations including those with disabilities.

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DSST 496. EXPERIMENTAL. 1-5 Credits.

DSST 501. DISABILITY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY. 5 Credits.

Pre-requisites: baccalaureate degree or instructor permission.
Disability and persons with disabilities have been with us throughout the history of humankind. This course has been developed to familiarize students to disability as a component of the diverse tapestry of society. Historical disability conceptualizations and issues will be discussed. Contemporary and emerging explanations of disability in contemporary society and Disability Culture will be explored.

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DSST 510. DISABILITY AS DIVERSITY. 5 Credits.

Notes: may be stacked with DSST 410.
Pre-requisites: baccalaureate degree or instructor permission.
Disability shapes, and is shaped by, multiple social and cultural identities as well as lived experiences. This course teaches students to recognize, analyze, and comprehend disability, and disabled persons, as part of the rich tapestry of human experience; including disability intersections with other diverse identities and groups in society. Working through interdisciplinary scholarship, cultural artifacts, and first-person accounts, students will learn how disability compliments and also complicates existing identity categories and notions of diversity.

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DSST 520. HUMAN DIVERSITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS. 5 Credits.

Notes: may be stacked with DSST 420.
Pre-requisites: bachelor's degree or permission of the instructor.
In this course, students explore how laws and policies are formulated and applied across diversities; minority and majority, advantaged and disadvantaged. We investigate the explicit and implicit effects of laws and policies and how they enhance and inhibit human rights for people based on characteristics such as gender and gender identity, race and ethnicity, disability, religion, and economic status. Beginning with a foundation in U.S. laws and policies, students also explore international human diversity and human rights. We assess historical and contemporary approaches to human rights including mechanisms employed by leaders such as the founding leaders of the U.S., Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, and Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela of South Africa, and apply them to contemporary issues and events.

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DSST 530. DISABILITY: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES FROM THE LIBERAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES. 5 Credits.

Notes: may be stacked with DSST 430.
Pre-requisites: bachelor's degree or permission or instructor.
This course addresses Disability Studies as it as unfolded within and across the humanities and liberal arts. Over the last generation, disability studies scholars have analyzed representations of people with disabilities as they appear in literature, myth, art, film, photography, music and theatre. These fields reflect and shape the meaning and reality of disability. Poetic and other artistic modes of discourse can deepen our understanding of the lived experience of disability.

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DSST 590. INTERDISCIPLINARY PROJECT IN UNIVERSAL ACCESS. 5 Credits.

Notes: may be stacked with DSST 490.
Pre-requisites: DSST 510 or permission.
This course is applies classroom learning to community settings. Students in this course will participate in community engaged service learning with colleagues from multiple academic disciplines. Under the direction of the instructor and working with a community mentors, students will participate in projects that enrich the community by enhancing universal access and full participation in society by diverse groups.

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