2019/2020 2nd Semester
Semmelweis University, Faculty of Dentistry
Name(s) of the Institute(s) teaching the subject: Institute of Behavioural Sciences
Course coordinator: Bence Döbrössy
Name of the subject: Medical Sociology for Dentistry
Total number of hours: 28 lectures: 12 practices: 16
Type of the course (mandatory/elective): Mandatory
Academic year: First year II term
Code of the course1: FOKMAG010_1A
Aim of the subject and its place in the curriculum:
The aim of this course is to help students realise that social factors have a considerable influence on oral/ dental health and dentistry. Social, economic and cultural factors have a great effect on the dentist-patient relationship, the way people make sense of their symptoms and seek dental help, their oral/ dental health related behaviour as well as on the aetiology of oral and dental conditions.
By understanding how different societies are structured and organised and how the categories people belong to (gender, ethnicity, occupation, educational level, financial situation to name but a few) shape all aspects of their lives and opportunities, our hope is that students will better comprehend the social reality influencing the dental health status of people and the practice of dentistry for dentists.
Week 1: 3-7 February Introduction to medical sociology for dentistry, preparation for the project work. (practice)
Week 2: 14, February General health and oral health status through history (lecture Bence Döbrössy)
Week 3: 21 February Social determinants of oral health and oral health related behaviour. (lecture Bence Döbrössy)
Week 4: 28 February: Intercultural dentistry (lecture Bence Döbrössy)
Week 5: 6 March : Patient expectations regarding dentistry: the theory and practice of dental patient satisfaction studies. (lecture Bence Döbrössy )
Week 6 13 March No lecture:
Week 7 20 March Socio-cultural aspects of pain (lecture Szilvia Zörgő)
Week 8 23-28 March: Social inequality and health inequality (practice)
Week 9 30 March-3 April Health Care Systems workshop (practice)
Week 10 SPRING BREAK
Week 11 13-17 April 21st century dentistry technological and socio-cultural changes (practice)
Week 12 20-24 April Dental help seeking behaviour, illness behaviour (practice)
Week 13 27 April- 1 May The profession of dentistry, dentist patient relationship. (practice)
Week 14 4-8 May Medicalisation in dentistry, cosmetic dentistry (practice)
Week 15 11-15 May Project reports (practice)
Lectures are held from week 2 to week 7, on Fridays from 11.00-1240 in The Balogh Lecture hall
Competencies gained upon the successful completion of the subject:
- Helping students acquire familiarity with the social environment which is necessary before meeting patients for the first time and all the way through the process of dental work.
- Enabling students to understand the social and cultural factors that influence the oral health and illness related decisions patients make.
- Sensitising students to the social determinants of health and illness behaviour through analysing cases.
- Assisting students in comprehending the social and cultural aspects of systems of dental health care provision
- Enhancing the students’ ability to plan and carry out research and function in small teams as part of the research work undertaken as part of the course
How to register for the course: Neptun
Policy regarding the attendance and making up absences:
75% of practicals must be attended. One practical absence can be made up by undertaking an extra task set by the practical leader or by participating in the practical with another group
Student will be given topic related tasks during the practicals which they will have to complete in groups in order the get the signature.
The tasks will involve finding topic related data in class, interpreting it and presenting it to the group, relating the topics discussed in class to the students’ own countries and experiences and sharing it with others, reading articles and summarising them and participating in games and activities. More information will be provided separately.
Means of assessing the students’ progress during the semester:
completion of project work is required for getting a signature
Requirement for acknowledging the semester (signature):
completion of project work and 75% practical attendance is required for getting a signature
Type of the examination:
The written exam will consist of multiple choice questions and an essay type case analysis where students are required to understand, explain and apply to the given case concepts and knowledge acquired in the course.
In order to undertake the exam successfully, students must know the material made available to them on the departmental home page as well as the textbook.
The material covered in the exam:
21st century dentistry technological and socio-cultural changes
Dental help seeking behaviour
Intercultural aspects of dentistry
Medicalisation in dentistry, cosmetic dentistry
Patient expectations regarding dentistry
Social determinants of oral health and oral health related behaviour
Social inequalities and inequalities in dental health
Socio-cultural aspects of pain
Systems of dental health care provision
The profession of dentistry
0-50 points – 1
51- 60 points -2
61-74 points -3
75-84 points -4
85 points and over 5
The written exam is 100% of the final grade
How to register for the exam: Neptun
Opportunities to retake the exam:
As specified by the Study and Exam Regulations
Lecture slides and study notes will be made available on Moodle
Gabe, Bury and Elston ‘Key Concepts In Medical Sociology’ 2004 Selected chapters only!
Hannah Bradby: ‘Medical Sociology, an introduction’ 2009 Selected chapters only!
|ED 1||Friday||11.30-13.00||EOK 4||Bence Döbrössyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|ED 2||Friday||9.50-11.20||EOK 4||Bence Döbrössyemail@example.com|
|ED 3||Monday||16.00-17.30||EOK 5||Bence Döbrössyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|ED 4||Wednesday||14.00-15.30||FOK Varga||Bence Döbrössyemail@example.com|
|ED 5||Wednesday||8.00-9.30||FOK seminar room||Dr. Katalin Kovácsfirstname.lastname@example.org|