Department of Oral Hygiene of College of Dental Medicine was found in 2002. It was the first 4-year undergraduate dental hygiene program in . While preventive dentistry in becomes more important in terms of ensuring better comprehensive oral health care, a growing demand on workforce for professional dental and oral prevention.(where is the verb? Please rewrite what you mean) Our course is specially designed for the dental hygienists with professional training in social, behavioral and biological sciences, which includes clinical medicine in dentistry, oral health care management, and dental health education and promotion. Our department challenges students to explore the interrelation of local and global dental and oral health issues. We focus on studying the two major dental diseases i.e. caries and periodontal disease and its effect in . In order to control and prevention these two diseases, we start by investigating the prevalence of caries and periodontal disease in different age groups, as well as dental demands in urban, suburban and remote areas.
Through the course work students learn concepts of dental medicine research techniques and the expertise to promote oral health at the population level. We work closely with many local government, disability and nonprofit organizations, so there are many opportunities to hone the skills students learn in the classroom through real-world experiences. Our strength is in working with communities to assist them in promoting local dental health . From grassroots initiatives to international collaborations, our faculty and students are committed to improving dental and oral public health worldwide.
In order to promote the health education as well as the research in preventive dentistry, Graduate Institute of Oral Health Sciences was established in 1992. It was the first Graduate Institute of Dental Sciences in , and the third graduate institute of Kaohsiung Medical University. The ultimate goal is to provide formal training for dental or other health professional to enhance dental hygiene experience in instruction, consultation, management and research of oral health. The purpose is to promote optimal oral health through education, preventive care services and research of oral health. We pursue this mission by cultivating an environment that focuses on generating oral health knowledge and learning oral health expertise, and by fostering diversity in health education, patient care, research and health management and policy.