Table 1

Coverage of global oral health competency areas in dental schools’ curricula, by number and percentage of participating schools (N=52)

Global Oral Health TopicNumber (%)
 The global epidemiology of oral diseases and conditions37 (71%)
 Oral diseases and conditions prevalent in other areas of the world (e.g., cancrum oris)30 (58%)
 Social determinants of oral diseases and conditions50 (96%)
 Global dental infrastructure14 (27%)
 The range of global oral health research questions18 (35%)
Skills in disease prevention and health promotion
 How to conduct an oral health needs assessment33 (63%)
Skills in disease management
 Understanding of various oral health systems38 (73%)
 How to identify barriers to access and use of oral health services48 (92%)
 How to facilitate solutions to overcome such barriers32 (62%)
 Horizontal and vertical programming approaches17 (33%)
 How to integrate oral health into global disease prevention and primary care23 (44%)
Skills in advocacy
 Identifying, mobilizing, and connecting relevant stakeholders24 (46%)
 Translating research data into meaningful information for specific target audiences21 (40%)
Skills in research, monitoring, evaluation
 How to design effective and appropriate data collection methods16 (31%)
 How to evaluate data38 (73%)
Interprofessional/intersectoral approach
 Interdisciplinary collaboration for global health policy and practice32 (62%)
Cultural and social competence
 Culturally specific oral practices (e.g., betel nut use, miswak)40 (77%)
 How to demonstrate ethical, respectful, and culturally competent actions42 (81%)
 How to work with patients with limited/no dental health literacy46 (88%)
 How to use language services when working with patients with limited English proficiency37 (71%)
  • Note: Respondents could choose all that applied.