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Dental Hygiene M.S.D.H.

Dentistry Primary Care Administration
School of Dentistry
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Contact Information
Division of Dental Hygiene, 9-372 Moos Tower, 515 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-9121; fax: 612-625-1605)
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 33 to 40
  • This program requires summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science Dental Hygiene
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The master of science in dental hygiene program prepares leaders in the profession for practice, research, the healthcare industry, and academia. The curriculum provides meaningful academic experiences for each graduate student based on his/her career goals and interest. Courses in the management track will provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for careers in the healthcare industry such as sales, marketing and professional relations management, management of large dental clinics, practice management consulting, and entrepreneurship. Courses in the education track will provide students with the knowledge and skills to teach didactic, clinic, and laboratory courses in dental hygiene programs; conduct research; and assume administrative positions.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Graduate of an accredited US institution or foreign equivalent dental hygiene program.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Baccalaureate degree; dental hygiene license; CPR certification; undergraduate statistics course.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit directly to the Admissions Committee a typed essay including short and long term goals and an explanation of why an advanced degree is of interest, a current resume including evidence of leadership and dental hygiene clinic experience, and three letters of reference. Rolling admissions; deadline July 15. Applicants pursuing the managment track must submit their GMAT score.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GMAT
    • Total score: 500
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 94
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
    • Speaking test score: 0
Key to test abbreviations (GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan A: Plan A requires 23 to 26 major credits, 0 credits outside the major, and 10 thesis credits. The final exam is oral.
Plan C: Plan C requires 40 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project: Internship capstone project based on internship experiences.
This program may not be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 1 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
Students in both the management and dental hygiene education tracks will participate in the following five core courses: instructional strategies for effective teaching, research methods in health sciences, administrative leadership and professional development, statistics, and grant writing. In addition to the core courses, management track students will complete the following courses: financial accounting, marketing management, operations management, and electives chosen from the MBA and Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) curricula. Dental hygiene education track students will participate in the following courses: the discipline of dental hygiene, curriculum and course development, dental hygiene supervised clinical teaching, dental hygiene clinic administration, teaching/learning with the internet, and dental hygiene supervised didactic teaching. MSDH students pursuing the Plan A option must complete a thesis. Plan C students must complete an internship and capstone project.
MSDH Core Curriculum
DH 5401 - Research Methods in Health Sciences (3.0 cr)
DH 5407 - Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching (2.0 cr)
DH 5411 - Administrative Leadership and Professional Development (2.0 cr)
DH 5421 - Grant Writing for Health Professionals (1.0 cr)
Statistics
EPSY 5261 - Introductory Statistical Methods (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Dental Hygiene Education
This sub-plan is limited to students completing the program under Plan A.
Courses in the dental hygiene education track provide students with the knowledge and skills to teach didactic, clinic, and laboratory courses in dental hygiene programs; conduct research; and assume administrative positions.
Education Track Curriculum
DH 5403 - The Discipline of Dental Hygiene (2.0 cr)
DH 5405 - Curriculum and Course Development (2.0 cr)
DH 5409 - Dental Hygiene Clinic Administration (2.0 cr)
DH 5413 - Dental Hygiene Supervised Clinic Student Teaching (4.0 cr)
DH 5415 - Dental Hygiene Supervised Didactic Course Student Teaching (2.0 cr)
Thesis Credit
Student register for DH 8777 to fulfill their thesis requirement. For internal department documentation, thesis credits are coded as follows: DH 8773, DH 8775, DH 8776 and DH 8779.
DH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
Management
This sub-plan is limited to students completing the program under Plan A or Plan C.
Courses in the management track provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for healthcare industry careers such as sales, marketing and professional relations management, management of large dental clinics, practice management consulting, and entrepreneurship.
Management Track Curriculum
MBA 6030 - Financial Accounting (3.0 cr)
MBA 6210 - Marketing Management (3.0 cr)
MBA 6220 - Operations Management (3.0 cr)
Plan A Choice
DH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0-18.0 cr)
or Plan C Choice
DH 5201 - Management Internship (5.0 cr)
DH 5203 - Capstone Project (3.0 cr)
MBA Electives
Plan A chooses 8 electives; Plan C chooses 12 elective credits. Not inclusive list.
Take 8 - 13 credit(s) from the following:
· ENTR 6020 - Business Formation (4.0 cr)
· HRIR 6301 - Staffing, Training, and Development (4.0 cr)
· MBA 6300 - Strategic Management (3.0 cr)
· MILI 6235 - Pharmaceutical Industry: Business and Policy (2.0 cr)
· MILI 6562 - Information Technology in Health Care (2.0 cr)
· MKTG 6051 - Marketing Research (4.0 cr)
 
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DH 5401 - Research Methods in Health Sciences
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Developing skills in scientific method. Analyzing research findings. Types of research, problem selection, hypothesis writing, research planning/design, data collection/measuring techniques, analysis/interpretation of data. Ethics. prereq: Dental hygiene grad student
DH 5407 - Instructional Strategies for Effective Teaching
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of principles of learning. Learning/teaching styles, student-centered teaching, instructional strategies. Microteaching selected strategies. prereq: Dental hygiene grad student
DH 5411 - Administrative Leadership and Professional Development
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Application of leadership theory. Models of administrative roles in education, health care, research, and corporate health care settings. Education/organization culture, strategic planning, human resource management/budgeting. Professional development/advancement. prereq: Dental hygiene grad student
DH 5421 - Grant Writing for Health Professionals
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to grant writing for health care professionals. Grant sourcing, matching goals/objectives to funding sources, developing evaluation plan, writing proposals, responding to critiques. Effect of economic environment/social responsibility of non-profits. prereq: Enrolled in Dental Hygiene grad program
EPSY 5261 - Introductory Statistical Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EPsy 3264/5231/5261/5263
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Application of statistical concepts/procedures. Graphs, numerical summaries. Normal distribution, correlation/regression analyses, probability, statistical inferences for one or two samples. Hypothesis tests, Chi-square tests. Conceptual understanding/application of statistics.
DH 5403 - The Discipline of Dental Hygiene
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Dental hygiene practice grounded in science and guided by research evidence. Etiology, prevention, and treatment of dental caries, periodontal diseases, oral cancer, and other conditions. Advances in technology. prereq: Dental hygiene grad student
DH 5405 - Curriculum and Course Development
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Curriculum/course development/management, competency-based education/outcomes assessment. Role of accreditation in dental hygiene education. Students develop competency-based dental hygiene curriculum/course. prereq: Dental Hygiene grad student
DH 5409 - Dental Hygiene Clinic Administration
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory/practice of dental hygiene preclinic/clinic instruction. Administration of clinic. Developing protocols, calibrating faculty, monitoring student progress. Central Regional Dental Testing Service exam, clinic evaluation mechanisms, quality assurance. prereq: Dental hygiene grad student
DH 5413 - Dental Hygiene Supervised Clinic Student Teaching
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Observation/participation in supervised clinical teaching experiences in dental hygiene education. Psychomotor skill acquisition. Process of care. Feedback. Question asking. Evaluation of clinical skills. Ethical/legal issues.
DH 5415 - Dental Hygiene Supervised Didactic Course Student Teaching
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Observation/participation in supervised teaching experience in dental hygiene education under faculty mentorship.
DH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]
MBA 6030 - Financial Accounting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic principles of financial accounting, involving the consecution/interpretation of corporate financial statements. prereq: MBA Student
MBA 6210 - Marketing Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Management of the marketing function; understanding the basic foundational marketing concepts and skills in strategy development and planning of operational and strategic levels pertaining to product offering decisions, distribution channels, pricing and communication. prereq: MBA student
MBA 6220 - Operations Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to fundamental operations management principles and concepts. The course takes a strategic view of operations in both a manufacturing and service context and stresses linkages to other functional areas. Many of the cases in the course take an international perspective. prereq: MBA student
DH 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
Credits: 1.0 -18.0 [max 50.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]
DH 5201 - Management Internship
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised experience in oral health care industry. Experience in corporations, health care management organizations, long-term care facilities, publishing firms, or professional organizations. prereq: Dental hygiene grad student
DH 5203 - Capstone Project
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Formulation of extensive business plan/project related to area of interest based on coursework taken or internship experience. prereq: Dental hygiene grad student
ENTR 6020 - Business Formation
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Entr 6020/Mgmt 6020
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Business formation from concept development through startup. Business concept, plan, forecast, and budget. Resource markets/assembly. Problems/opportunities from concept stage through establishment of viable business. Cases, exercises, projects, business plans, guest speakers. prereq: MBA student
HRIR 6301 - Staffing, Training, and Development
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Developing plans for hiring to facilitate strategic goals, attracting talent, selecting best candidates, helping new employees onboard, developing knowledge/skills over time, keeping talented people. Evaluation of staffing, training, development effectiveness. prereq: HRIR MA student or dept consent
MBA 6300 - Strategic Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the concepts and techniques used to create and implement a sense of corporate direction; choices about products and markets that involve the integration of different functional areas; positioning a business to increase returns for shareholders and stakeholders; the skills involved in identifying issues, evaluating options, and implementing business plans. prereq: MBA student
MILI 6235 - Pharmaceutical Industry: Business and Policy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: MBA student
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Business/policy issues specific to pharmaceutical industry. Interdisciplinary perspectives, active involvement by industry leaders.
MILI 6562 - Information Technology in Health Care
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theoretical/conceptual base for health care information technology. Applications of current/developing health IT. Approaches to evaluate effectiveness of health IT systems. Information technology, computer technology, and data structures commonly found in health care information systems. Information system design/evaluation. prereq: MBA student
MKTG 6051 - Marketing Research
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Methods for collecting/analyzing data to solve marketing problems. Survey research techniques. Research design, secondary/primary data collection, sample design, data analysis. Application of techniques to marketing problems, marketing research projects. prereq: MBA 6210, MBA student