The principles, competencies, and curriculum for educating dental therapists: a report of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Panel

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  • Caswell Evans DDS, MPH

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    1. University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences
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Dr. Caswell Evans, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Prevention and Public Health Sciences, 801 S. Paulina Street (MC621) Room 102GD, Chicago, IL 60612. Tel.: 312-413-2474; Fax: 312-413-9050; e-mail: casevans@uic.edu. Caswell Evans is with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Prevention and Public Health Sciences.

Abstract

A panel of academicians was formed to develop an educational plan for dental therapists. The panel met over a 14-month period of time (2010-2011). The panel interviewed leadership from dental therapy educational programs in New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, and the University of Minnesota. The panel was structured into three subcommittees – principles, competencies, and curriculum to develop an educational plan for a 2-year postsecondary school dental therapy program. Reports from the three subcommittees are presented in this article along with introductory information and a discussion about the reports. A fourth subcommittee considered career pathways, and its report is presented as a separate article in this special issue. The final work of the panel was to consider accreditation issues regarding dental therapist programs, and its report is also presented in this issue.

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