Infrastructure & Facilities
Spread at an area of 4552 sq.ft and located on the second floor of the main college building, the Department of Public Health Dentistry consists of an Undergraduate section and a Postgraduate section, separate Clinical area for each section, a spacious Reception area, Professor, Reader and Lecturer rooms, a well equipped Seminar room and Department Library, PG Common Room with locker facilities, store, a separate area for sterilization and disinfection of instruments and an attached Museum for oral health education.Â The department has 23 dental chair units and latest audio visual facilities for the education of students and for mass education programs.
There are two Satellite Centres in the rural areas where oral health promotion and treatment are provided to the people. Two schools have been adopted where free screening and treatment are done at regular intervals. The department has a well-equipped mobile dental van for reaching to families with limited access to dental care.
The Undergraduate (BDS) program in the department of Public Health Dentistry started in the year 2007. The academic curriculum is covered in the third and final year through didactic lectures, clinical posting, satellite centre posting and attending dental camps.
At the end of the BDS course the graduate is expected to –
- Have knowledge of the prevalence of common dental conditions in India
- Have knowledge of community based preventive measures
- Administer oral hygiene instructions, topical fluoride therapy and fissure sealing
- Have attended various dental camps conducted by the college
- Educate patients about the etiology and prevention of oral diseases
The Postgraduate (MDS) program started in the year 2014 with 2 seats. The academic curriculum includes a dissertation, Library dissertation, departmental and interdepartmental seminar presentations, journal club, Clinical training, research work and Rural Satellite Centre posting.
At the end of the MDS course the postgraduate is expected to –
- Apply basic sciences knowledge regarding etiology, diagnosis and management of the prevention, promotion and treatment of all the oral conditions at the individual and community level.
- Identify social, economic, environmental and emotional determinants in a given individual patient or a community for the purpose of planning and execution of Community Oral Health Program.
- Ability to conduct Oral Health Surveys in order to indentify all the oral health problems affecting the community and find solutions using multi- disciplinary approach.
- Ability to act as a consultant in community Oral Health, teach, guideÂ and take part in research (both basic and clinical), present and publish the outcome at various scientific conferences and journals, both national and international level