Community Dentistry – University of Copenhagen

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Community Dentistry and Graduate Studies

The curriculum in community dentistry comprises the following main fields:

  • Epidemiology (distribution and determinants of oral health and prevalence of oral diseases in the populations).
  • Sociology (society and oral health and illness, social causes in relation to oral diseases, psycho-social impacts of oral illness, health and illness behaviour, self-care and utilization of the oral health services in populations and illness groups).
  • Legislation and public health administration in relation to oral health care (social welfare systems and health authorities).
  • Planning and evaluation of oral health programmes (organisation of oral health services, private and public services).
  • Theory and research methodology in epidemiology, social science and in public health systems.


The overall aim of Community Dentistry is to provide undergraduate students with scientifically based knowledge, attitude and skills within Community Dentistry.

The following capacities of the students should be developed:

  1. A broad knowledge and understanding of the Danish health care system and the social welfare programmes (i.e. aims, structure, function and resources).
  2. A basic understanding of the historical context of the oral health care system in Denmark, the present structure and function and the role of oral health care as part of the general health care system.
  3. Capability to communicate and cooperate with patients and/or their relatives in accordance with the legislation related to oral health care.
  4. Capability to communicate and collaborate with staff of oral health services and other relevant personnel within the social sector and the health sector.
  5. Competence to practice as dentists within the frame of existing laws and ethnic standards.
  6. A basic understanding of the oral disease pattern in populations, including social and behavioural determinants of oral diseases.
  7. Assessment of need, demand and utilisation of oral health services by different population groups in Denmark.
  8. Ability to participate in development, planning and evaluation of oral health care programmes.
  9. Sound knowledge of the oral health situation and the oral health care and international level, including health programmes of the World Health Organisation.

On-going research in Community Dentistry

Children and adolescents

  • Evaluation of oral health behaviour and oral health among children and parents in Denmark.
  • Evaluation of preventive oral care for adolescents in Denmark.
  • Oral health among mothers and their children in a longitudinal perspective.
  • Social inequality and oral health among children in an international perspective (NIH international studies).
  • Occurrence of oral disease among children and adolescents in Greenland.


  • Oral health behaviour and oral status in adult Danes in the year 2000.
  • Oral health status of adults in Greenland.
  • Evaluation of community oral health care for persons on social welfare and pensioners.
  • Long-term effect of municipal oral health programme for old-age pensioners.
  • Dental caries and dental health behaviour in patients with Primary Sjögren's Syndrome.
  • Development of quality assurance systems in oral health care in Europe.

International health

  • In Central and Eastern Europe.
  • Oral health behaviour and attitudes of adults in the Baltic states.
  • Evaluation of oral health promotion programmes in Romania.
  • Oral health status, knowledge, attitudes and practices of school children, mothers and schoolteachers in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Belarus.
  • Trends in prevalence of oral disease in schoolchildren and adults in Hungary and Portugal.


  • Oral disease and oral health care of pre-school children in Madagascar. Evaluation of community and national oral health programmes for schoolchildren and adults.
  • Oral health and oral diseases in children and adults in Comoros Islands.
  • Oral health and oral health behaviour in schoolchildren and adults in Tanzania Mainland.
  • Evaluation of national school oral health programmes in Tanzania Mainland/Zanzibar.
  • Oral health and oral health behaviour among children, mothers and schoolteachers in Burkina Faso.

Middle East/Asia

  • Oral health behaviour and utilisation of oral health services among children and parents in Jordan.
  • Prevalence of oral diseases in children in Southern Thailand, including self-are and utilisation of the oral care system.
  • Evaluation of oral health care for schoolchildren in Thailand.
  • Oral health status and oral health behaviour among schoolchildren and adults in People's Republic of China, including organisation and evaluation of health programmes and oral health service.
  • Oral health status and oral health behaviour in children in Bhopal, India.

Collaboration with WHO