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Community Dental Health Certificate.

About 10 years ago, a technical college in Wisconsin developed a public health certificate program. The Community Dental Health Certificate (CDHC) offered through Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay, Wisc., is designed for the dental health care professional, licensed or unlicensed, who desires to work in a dental public health program. This program is entirely online, allowing flexibility for the learner to log on anytime during day or night to complete assignments. NWTC uses BlackBoard software to facilitate the online courses.

The CDHC program consists of four three-credit courses that are created in an asynchronous format that allows the learner to complete class-work at their convenience throughout a 17-week semester. The courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters and are arranged in a semi-sequential order allowing the learner to build upon previously learned principles. Completion of the program is at the convenience of the learner.

A few examples of learning objectives achieved upon completion of the program include a) differentiate public health from private practice, b) conduct a community oral health needs assessment, c) identify potential funding sources for public health programming, and d) plan a community oral health program.

For more information regarding the CDHC program, please contact the Health Sciences Division at (800) 422-NWTC, ext. 5543 or contact Donna Meves, flexible learning manager, (800) 422-NWTC, ext. 6872.
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