Community Oral Health

Overview – Master in Community Oral Health

If you are interested in improving access to oral health care with a community-based approach, consider applying to the Online Masters Degree in Community Oral Health. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for clinicians, educators and administrators who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique needs of community health programs.

  • Students can continue to work while in the program
  • The program includes 16 courses (26 units) and is designed for both US and international students
  • The program is 24 months in length, beginning in August and ending in July
  • Tuition, which is adjusted annually, is currently $1,800/unit; it does not need to be paid all at once and we offer payment plans and financial aid to those who qualify
  • Students typically can work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The program includes 2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, 1 live weekly video conference and online quizzes
  • The program includes a capstone project, in which students–with faculty guidance–prepare and present a research paper (usually a systematic review) on a topic related to community health.
  • The program include two elective tracks to respond to specific student’s interest:
      • Vulnerable populations and community health care
      • Project Administration
  • The program is primarily online but also includes a practicum where the student develops a project within a community or organization
  • The program does not provide a stipend

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Year 1

Fall Semester: Total of 4 Units

COH-701 Community Health Sciences (2 units)

COH-702 Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 units)

Spring Semester: Total of 5 Units

COH-703 Community Health Program Planning and Implementation (2 units)

COH-704 Environmental Health Sciences (3 units)

Summer Semester: Total of 4 Units

COH-705 Research and Biostatistics in Healthcare (2 units)

COH-706 Foundations and Strategies in Health Education (2 units

Year 2

Fall Semester: Total of 6 Units

COH-707 Epidemiology (2 units)

COH-708 Community Health Science Administration, assessment and evaluation (2 units)

Elective 1:

         COH-709 Community Health Program Execution and Communication

         COH-710 Health Assessment

COH-711 Practicum 1 (1 units)

Spring Semester: Total of 3.5 Units

COH-712 Practicum 2 (0.5 units)

COH-593a Capstone Project (2 units)

Elective 2: (1 unit)

         COH-713 Health Education and Promotion

         COH-714 Community Health Funding and Support

Summer Semester: Total of 3.5 Unit

COH-593b Capstone Project (2 unit)

COH-717 Practicum 3 (0.5 units)

Electives: (1 unit)

         COH-715 Community Health Practice Standards

         COH-716 Healthcare communication technology

Overview – Certificate in Oral Health

If you are interested in improving access to oral health care with a community-based approach, consider applying to the Online Certificate in Community Oral Health. This program is a unique and innovative opportunity for clinicians, educators and administrators who want to learn more on a wide variety of issues while focusing on the unique needs of community health programs.

  • Students can continue to work while in the Program
  • The Program includes 6 courses (13 units)
  • Tuition, which is adjusted annually, is currently $1,800/unit; it does not need to be paid all at once and we offer payment plans
  • The Program is 12 months in length, beginning August and ending in July of the following year
  • The Program is designed for both US andinternational students
  • Students typically can work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The Program includes 2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, 1 live weekly video conference and online quizzes
  • All Certificate courses are transferable to the Master in Community Oral Health.
  • The Program does not provide a stipend

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Fall Semester: Total of 4 Units

COH-701 Community Health Sciences (2 units)

COH-702 Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 units)

Spring Semester: Total of 5 Units

COH-703 Community Health Program Planning and Implementation (2 units)

COH-704 Environmental Health Sciences (3 units)

Summer Semester: Total of 4 Units

COH-705 Research and Biostatistics in Healthcare (2 units)

COH-706 Foundations and Strategies in Health Education (2 units)

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Overview – Master of Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine

If you are interested in TMJ, TMD, headaches, or Sleep Apnea, consider applying to the Online Master of Science in OFPOM. This program  is a unique and innovative opportunity for practicing dentists who want to learn more about a wide variety of issues while focusing on Orofacial Pain, Oral Medicine and Sleep Disorders.

  • Students continue to work in their practices while in the program
  • Students typically work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The program is designed for both US and international dentists
  • The program includes 17 courses
  • The program is 37 months in length, beginning in May and ending in June
  • The program includes 2-3 weekly streaming video lectures, one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
  • The program includes a capstone project during which students prepare and present a research paper (usually a systematic review) on a topic in orofacial pain, oral medicine or dental sleep medicine.
  • The program includes practical training conducted during two summer sessions at theUSC OFPOM Clinic
  • Tuition is adjusted annually and is currently @ $1,800/unit; financial aid is available
  • The Program does not provide a stipend
  • The Program is not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is not a clinical training program

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Year 1

Summer Semester: Total of 4 Units

OFPM 702a Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Seminars on local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures appropriate for the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 704 Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Review of the oral and maxillofacial region osseous and odontogenic pathologies and the various imaging methods used to examine this anatomic region.

OFPM 723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on various topics relating to oral motor and sleep disorders.

Fall Semester: Total of 6 ½ Units

OFPM 702b Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures appropriate for the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 730a Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: (#1) on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; (#2) as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). (#3) the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation; a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. At the final summer session these cases will be presented and the presentations will be made. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

OFPM 706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Therapy for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on topics relating to the diagnosis and management of TM disorders.

OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain.

Spring Semester: Total of 4 ½ Units

OFPM 730b Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

See OFPM 730a.

OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

OFPM 722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common systemic diseases and potential interactions with oral disease/treatment.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 Unit

OFPM 710a Knowledge Assessment for OFPOM Residents (1 unit)

Knowledge based Assessment Courses.

Year 2

Summer Semester: Total of 4 Units

OFPM 702a Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Seminars on local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures appropriate for the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 704 Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Review of the oral and maxillofacial region osseous and odontogenic pathologies and the various imaging methods used to examine this anatomic region.

OFPM 723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on various topics relating to oral motor and sleep disorders.

Fall Semester: Total of 6 ½ Units

OFPM 702b Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures appropriate for the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 730a Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: (#1) on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; (#2) as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). (#3) the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation; a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. At the final summer session these cases will be presented and the presentations will be made. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

OFPM 706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Therapy for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on topics relating to the diagnosis and management of TM disorders.

OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain.

Spring Semester: Total of 4 ½ Units

OFPM 730b Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

See OFPM 730a.

OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

OFPM 722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common systemic diseases and potential interactions with oral disease/treatment.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 Unit

OFPM 710a Knowledge Assessment for OFOM Residents (1 unit)

Knowledge based Assessment Courses.

Year 3

Summer Semester: Total of 4 Units

OFPM 702a Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Seminars on local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures appropriate for the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 704 Bony Pathology, Radiology and Advanced Imaging for Dental Residents (1 unit)

Review of the oral and maxillofacial region osseous and odontogenic pathologies and the various imaging methods used to examine this anatomic region.

OFPM 723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders and Sleep Apnea for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on various topics relating to oral motor and sleep disorders.

Fall Semester: Total of 6 ½ Units

OFPM 702b Soft Tissue Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on local anesthesia methods and minor surgical procedures appropriate for the oral and maxillofacial region.

OFPM 730a Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

This course involves 3 elements: (#1) on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; (#2) as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). (#3) the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation; a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. At the final summer session these cases will be presented and the presentations will be made. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

OFPM 706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology and Physical Therapy for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on topics relating to the diagnosis and management of TM disorders.

OFPM 707 Pharmacology Series for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain.

Spring Semester: Total of 4 ½ Units

OFPM 730b Case Portfolio Preparation by Online OFPOM Residents (½ unit)

See OFPM 730a.

OFPM 705 Neurogenic Based Oral and Facial Pains for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

OFPM 722 Internal Medicine and Systemic Disease for Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common systemic diseases and potential interactions with oral disease/treatment.

Summer Semester: Total of 1 Unit

OFPM 710a Knowledge Assessment for OFPOM Residents (1 unit)

Knowledge based Assessment Courses.

Overview – Certificate of Orofacial Pain

The Online Certificate in Orofacial Pain directed by Dr. Mariela Padilla DDS, MEd., is a hybrid program (face-to-face and online classes) with a total of 8 courses (12.5 academic units), specifically designed for the practicing dental professional who wants to improve skills and gain expertise to deliver the best care for patients with complex conditions.

The curriculum is designed as a series of didactic courses where students gain knowledge about the diagnosis, pathobiology and treatment of different oral diseases in the field of orofacial pain, including masticatory musculoskeletal pain, neurogenic orofacial pain, temporomandibular disorders, headaches, orofacial motor disorders including orofacial dystonias and bruxism, as well as intraoral, intracranial, extracranial and systemic disorders that cause orofacial pain. The students participate in weekly live webinar sessions with the faculty and other residents, ensuring a collaborative and social learning experience. There are 2-3 courses per trimester, with 2-4 streaming video lectures for viewing each week. After each video lecture, students complete an associated online quiz (comprised of multiple choice, short answer or fill-in questions).

The Program is primarily online but also includes a 10-day practical training conducted at the USC campus, with skills development and competence evaluation. At the end of the program, each student presents and defends a case portfolio.

  • Students continue to work in their practices while in the program
  • Students typically work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The program is designed for both US and international dentists
  • The program includes 8 courses
  • The program is 12.5 months in length, beginning in May and ending in June of the following year
  • The program includes 2-3 weekly streaming video lectures,
    one live weekly video conference and online quizzes
  • The program includes practical training conducted during one summer session at the USC OFPOM Clinic
  • Tuition is adjusted annually and is currently @ $1800/unit; financial aid is available
  • The Program does not provide a stipend
  • The Program is not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and is not a clinical training program

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Summer Semester: Total of 2.5 Units

OFP-723 Systems Physiology, Motor Disorders & Sleep Apnea For Dental Residents (2 unit)

Seminars on various topics relating to oral motor and sleep disorders.

OFP-730a Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFP Students (0.5 unit)

This course involves 3 elements: (#1) on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; (#2) as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). (#3) the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation; a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. At the final summer session these cases will be presented and the presentations will be made. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

Fall Semester: Total of 4.5 Units

OFP-707 Pharmacology Series For Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on common medications used in the practice of oral medicine and chronic orofacial pain.

OFP-706 TMD, Orthopedics, Rheumatology & Physical Therapy For Dental Residents (2 units)

Seminars on topics relating to the diagnosis and management of TM disorders.

OFP-730b Case Portfolio Preparation Course for OFP Students (0.5 units)

This course involves 3 elements: (#1) on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; (#2) as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). (#3) the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation; a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. At the final summer session these cases will be presented and the presentations will be made. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

Spring Semester: Total of 2 Units

OFP-705 Neurogenic Based Oral & Facial Pains For Dental Residents (1 unit)

Seminars on the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures appropriate for chronic neurogenic based pain disorders that occur in the orofacial region.

OFP-724 Psychological & Psychometric Assessment For Dental Residents (1 unit)

Seminars on various topics relating to biobehavioral diagnosis and psychological management of patients with chronic illness in the orofacial region.

Summer Semester: Total of 1.5 Units

OFP-710a Knowledge Assessment for OFP Residents (1 unit)

Knowledge based Assessment Courses.

OFP-730c Case Portfolio Preparation (0.5 unit)

This course involves 3 elements: (#1) on a weekly basis, online residents will be prepared to discuss unique aspects of their currently appointed patient cases; (#2) as part of their competency assessment, online residents will be assigned two virtual patient cases a month to interview, examine, diagnose and recommend treatment. The residents will have to take and pass 18 virtual patient cases (6 in oral medicine, 6 in orofacial pain and 6 with temporomandibular disorders). (#3) the online residents will select their cases (after consultation with the course director) and prepare a portfolio on these cases. The portfolio will include a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation; a review of the current literature, and all interactions between the resident and the patient. At the final summer session these cases will be presented and the presentations will be made. The resident will take questions and defend their diagnostic and treatment methods.

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