Who We Are

Welcome to the Centre of Population Oral Health and Clinical Prevention Studies. This Centre of Studies comprise the areas of community based education, dental public health, socio-behavioural science, preventive dentistry, health services; and patient care and professional development . The core function of this Centre is to ensure students are well equipped with the knowledge and skills in raising awareness of the patient’s oral health and enabling them to practice preventive dentistry with the ultimate aim of improving the nation’s oral health.

Our Objectives

The Centre aims to provide the students with skills and hands on experiences in achieving competency in the field of community dentistry. Students will have ample opportunity to interact with patients and the community while delivering evidence-based information for patients to practice at home. Upon completion of  the courses offered by this Centre,  student should have obtained fundamental knowledge and the application skills of the philosophy, principles and practices of community dentistry . We seek to develop a generation of health care professionals that understands the community context in which it works and has the tools to incorporate a culturally-appropriate, evidence-based approach into clinical practice. We also aim to build collaborative relationships with other public health units and stakeholders outside of the faculty for research and development with the aim of being the main resource for oral health policy and research for the region.

Courses / Programme Offered

Research

  • The Centre of Studies offers courses both to undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Undergraduate students will be taught the subject of Community Oral Health from Year 2 through Year 5. The module will be delivered in the form of lectures, seminars, case presentations and Problem-Based Learning sessions.
  • Undergraduate students will also be directly exposed to public health administration, oral health promotion and preventive dentistry through our Experiential Learning Program which involves the final year students.
  • Our Centre of Studies in collaboration with other disciplines will also introduce the undergraduate students to research through our Elective Research Project Module. Fourth year students will be exposed to basic research methodology and biostatistics before embarking on to  their research projects which culminates in the form of a scientific report and presentation.
  • Our Centre of Studies is also involved in the professional development of our undergraduate students through the Patient Care and professional Development Module where students are exposed to courses such as professionalism in dentistry, fiqh in dentistry, alternative medicine, and ethics and jurisprudence. This module spans over the whole 5 years course and is aimed at churning out dental professionals that have a broad vision of the healthcare world and are able to act in the community as well as clinical context.
  • The Centre of Studies is also currently developing a doctorate level program for dental public health  (DrDPH) which will be launched in September 2015.
Through our research, we strive to integrate behavioral, social, economic, and cultural factors into interdisciplinary multi-level studies of health. Our specific areas of interest include:
  • Oral Health Promotion
  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Global Dental Public Health Epidemiology
  • Oral Health Related Quality of Life
  • Psychosocial Correlates of  Oral Health Behaviour
  • Tobacco Cessation and Oral Cancer
  • Theories of Health Behaviour
  • Assessment of Scientific Literature (Systematic Review)

Our People

Our Contact

  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Norashikin Yusof, BDS (UM), Diploma of Dental Public Health Royal College of Surgeon (England), Master in Public Administration (USM)
  • Dr. Mohd Masood, Bachelor of Dental Surgery , MSc., DDPH RCS (England)
  • Dr. Budi Aslinie Md. Sabri, Bachelor of Dental Surgery (UM), MSc. Dental Public Health (London), DDPH RCS (England), PhD (London)
  • Dr. Aza Fazura bt Asmaon, BDS (UM), Master of Community Dentistry (UM)
  • Dr. Nawwal Alwani Mohd Radzi, DDS (UKM), Master of Dental Public Health (Sheffield), DDPH RCS (England)
  • Dr. Noor Nazahiah Bakri , BDS (UITM)
  • Dr. Nor Faezah Md Bohari, DDS (UKM)
Mohd Izan Misdar (03- 5544 1949)