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Diseases conditions that affect oral tissues include; Dental caries, periodontal diseases, cysts and neoplasms. Most of them start painlessly in the initial stages and later progress to more serious and devastating stages and could result to death. Most of the them could be reduced if the public was properly educated on how to effect preventive measures. Training in Oral health was planned with the objective of preparing officers who would promote primary oral health care among the various communities. The officers should be equipped with scientific, social, psychological and socio-economic knowledge. They should be able to educate the public on the use of preventive measures which are based on practically, scientifically and socially acceptable methods which are easily obtained and maintained by the public.Oral health officer should be capable of diagnosing oral diseases and manage emergency cases before referring them for treatment to the relevant specialists.
Why Study the Programme
To increase coverage of promotive and preventive services to the majority of the population. To prevent any increase in dental diseases
The course is a member of the primary health care team that delivers integrated health care to individuals and communities. roles and functions will be primarily to undertake promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative activities within the communities. Thus the reason for Diploma in Community Oral Health Course.
By the end of the programme, the learners will have acquired the necessary knowledge and skills that will enable the learners to:-
(a) Do a community diagnosis especially of oral health in areas they are working.
(b) Develop and carry out health education to the community.
(c) Co-ordinate with the dentist in taking care of the community’s oral health needs.
(d) Participate in relevant health care programmes in the area they are working.
(e) Provide curative and rehabilitative dental care.
A candidate who wishes to be admitted for Diploma in Community Oral Health must have the minimum entry requirements of the University:
NB: These entry requirements will be reviewed from time to time and candidates notified accordingly.
Exemptions and credit transfers
i) Evidence supporting the application should include certified academic transcripts, certificates and a letter from the relevant registrar or authority
ii) Application for credit transfer will not be allowed three (3) weeks after the start of the semester / trimester unless granted permission by the University Senate.
iii) The University reserves the right to administer an appropriate test, through the relevant Department in order to determine whether exemption should be granted.
Programme duration and fees
The Diploma in Community Oral Health Programme shall take a period of three (3) academic years (6 trimesters).
Programme start dates
Every January, May and Sept