Posted: October 21, 2014

APTR Public Health Learning Modules, Module 15 - Oral Health Across the Lifespan


This module presents an overview of oral health issues across life stages, including the concept of oral health literacy and the relationships between oral and systemic health. It is divided into five parts (Introduction and Oral-Systemic Health; Oral Health for Pregnant Women and their Newborns; Oral Health in Childhood; Oral Health and Older Adults; Oral Health Literacy) and includes videos, slides, discussion questions, quiz questions, in-class activities, and a resource list. This is one of a series of APTR Public Health Learning Modules that can be used individually to supplement an existing course or combined to create a stand?alone course for the education of undergraduate, graduate and/or professional learners. The overarching goal of the learning modules is to become familiar with Healthy People 2020 and the ways in which to use policy and program interventions to advance its goals and objectives.

The modules can be tailored to audiences by selecting exercises and learner assessments that are appropriate for the learners. The modules have been prepared and recorded by faculty and public health practitioners from various disciplines and backgrounds, including public health, medicine, law, sociology, and nursing. By approaching health topics from different perspectives, learners are provided a well-rounded view of practice in public health and possible career trajectories. The modules are not intended to be an exhaustive review of topics, but rather a first look at selected approaches used by researchers and practitioners to improve population health. The Public Health Learning Modules are a project of Temple University Department of Public Health and the APTR, made possible with support from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Public Health, Interprofessional, Population Health, Oral Health, Public Health Sciences, Health Professions Education, Healthy People


Association for Prevention Teaching and Research

Hugh Silk, MD, MPH, FAAFP, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Julia Kessler, CM, DNP, FACNM, Georgetown University

Erin Hartnett, DNP, APRN-BC, CPNP, New York University College of Nursing

Mark Wolff, DDS, PhD, New York University College of Dentistry

Denise Rizzolo, PA-C, PhD, Seton Hall University

Jennifer Ibrahim, PhD, MPH, Temple University College of Health Professions and Social Work