Table 2

Sample courses in the D.D.S.-M.A. curriculum

Course Title and DescriptionInstitutionCreditsCore?
1. Basic and Applied Sciences in the Health Science Professions (12 credits)12
 Scientific Inquiry and Decision Making in DentistryCDMYes
  This course focuses on the skills needed to evaluate literature in the health sciences and dentistry’s role in the health care system and society.
 Molecular Mechanisms in Health and DiseaseCDMYes
  This course utilizes cell processes and an organ systems-based approach to understand normal and adaptive changes in health and disease.
 Oral Histology, Growth, and DevelopmentCDMYes
  This course focuses on study of the detailed microscopic anatomy and development of dental and associated orofacial tissues and structures as well as their clinical significance.
 Immunology, Microbiology, and Infectious DiseaseCDMYes
  This course explores the general principles of cellular and molecular mechanisms in immune responses.
2. Instructional Theory and Practice (6 credits)
 Educational Practices and Research in Dental EducationTC3Yes
  This course focuses specifically on best practices in dental education as well as conducting and evaluating research in the field of dental education.
 Health PsychologyTC3No
  This course explores aspects of social learning theory as it applies to health promotion, disease prevention, reactions to illness, and adherence to treatment regimens.
 Cognition and LearningTC3No
  This course examines the cognitive and information-processing approaches to attention, learning, language, memory, and reasoning.
3. Adult Learning (6–8 credits)
 How Adults LearnTC3Yes
  This course explores the implications for the education of adults in a wide variety of educational settings in relation to concepts of maturity, learning theories, achievement styles, and motivation.
 Facilitating Adult LearningTC3No
  This course explores issues, strategies, and methods for facilitating adult learning. Methods are identified that are suited to adult learning in different settings, and participants explore the ways in which adults learn critical thinking and experience different techniques to teach critical thinking.
 Critical Theory/Developing Critical ThinkingTC1–2No
  This course considers implications of the ideas of major figures in critical theory as they relate to adult learning and the practice of adult education.
4. Instructional Design (6–9 credits)
 Principles of Teaching and LearningTC3Yes
  This course examines the relationship among teaching methods, student learning, and assessment.
 Designing Curriculum and InstructionTC3No
  This course allows students to learn how to apply models for designing and implementing curricula and instruction in educational settings.
 Technology in EducationTC3No
  This course explores ideas about cognition and knowledge representation and how they relate to the use of technology in educational settings.
5. Research Competencies in Education (3 credits)
 Research Methods in EducationTC3No
  This course introduces students to understanding research across a wide spectrum of educational settings. Concepts relating to both quantitative and qualitative research methods and theories are discussed.
 Methods of Empirical ResearchTC3No
  This course discusses concepts and issues in measurement. Descriptive statistics, scales of measurement, norms, reliability, and validity are discussed. Advantages and limitations of measurement techniques are illustrated.
 Understanding Behavioral ResearchTC3No
  This course provides an overview of methods of behavioral research and their relative strengths and limitations. Application of methodological principles in order to evaluate educational and social science research and learn how to begin to conduct research is emphasized.