This course relates to the role of the dental hygienist in the community and within public health. The course addresses health promotion and health related education activities and messaging for both the individual and groups. Included in this course is an introduction to strategies for the promotion of health under marketing, health education, and collaboration mass media use and community organization. The dental hygiene process of care model as it relates to community oral health will also be examined. A study of epidemiology data assessment, current trends and issues, the processes of program planning, the principles of teaching and learning and key factors for program evaluation will set the foundation for more advanced courses and service learning practicum in community settings.