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DENH 176



Year: 1

Semester: Intersession

Prerequisite: DENH 160, DENH 162, DENH 164, DENH 167, DENH 168, and DENH 169.

Co-requisites: DENH 170 and DENH 171.

Hours/Week and Duration: [7 Lecture Hours / Week x 5 weeks] Total = 35 Hours

Credits: 2



This course is an introduction to basic concepts of research methodology. Topics include application of research principles to the dental and dental hygiene professions, evidence-based practice, as well as hands-on experience in designing and conducing community-based dental hygiene research.



Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic principles of evidence-based practice and decision making.
  2. Discuss the basics of research design.
  3. Evaluate dental and dental hygiene research articles.
  4. Access and evaluate research information from both traditional library sources and the Internet.
  5. Discuss current trends and needs in dental and dental hygiene research.
  6. Obtain ethics board approval for human participation studies
  7. Conduct community based research
  8. Analyze, evaluate and report data findings


This course will also help the learner achieve the Entry-to-Practice Competencies and Standards for Canadian Dental Hygienists (refer to the program’s online learning management system for a complete copy of this document).  




  1. Evidence-based practice.
  2. Research design
  3. Ethics and research.
  4. Research methodology:
    1. Articulating research questions.
    2. Searching for research answers.
    3. Selecting research answers for follow-up.
  5. Review critique literature
  6. Overview quantitative data
  7. Overview qualitative data
  8. Current trends and needs in dental and dental hygiene research.
  9. Application for ethics review approval
  10. Designing survey tools
  11. Conducting community based research
  12. Analyzing and reporting on data findings





Required Materials

Dental Hygiene Research Toolkit;


Articles as required by instructor.

Internet resources as assigned by instructor.  






Percentage of

Semester Grade

Assignments: TBA


PICO Problem


Research Article Analysis


Class Participation*


* Based on such factors as: regular, punctual attendance; evidence of having done the readings; engaged participation in class discussions and small group work; quality and timeliness of completed assignments; and submission of weekly Learning Audits through online learning management system (10%).



Academic integrity is to be maintained at all times. There are five values that underpin academic integrity (these are also consistent with professional standards): honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Please read through the Student Academic Code of Conduct policy ( to ensure that you are familiar with our university’s expectations. Any violations of the academic code of conduct will be taken seriously and acted upon according to this policy. 

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