International course

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The objectives of this course are to increase the students¿ knowledge, competence and skills in the field of oral health in a global perspective and simultaneously stimulate the students¿ reflections regarding diversities in oral health practices compared to the situation in Norway. Overall, the course conveys an understanding for global challenges in oral health specifically and in health in general, and for excisiting dental health and health services.


The course touches topics within epidemiology, community dentistry, health promotion and disease prevention, oral pathology, clinical practice and global challenges in provision and use of oral health care services.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student has the following learning outcomes:


The student:

  • has advanced knowledge regarding oral health challenges globally, the interaction between oral health and general health, individual and societal factors affecting oral health globally
  • knows how to apply oral health prevention and oral health promotion in low resource settings.
  • knows of the global burden of oral diseases.
  • knows different methods to assess information regarding collected data about oral health and health in general.


The student:

  • makes a situation analysis with problem identification and aims regarding the oral health situation in low resource settings.
  • implements an oral health program based on this situation analysis and knows how to use relevant methods for oral health research and use of oral health preventive strategies.

General competence:

The student reflects, communicates and contributes towards global challenges in oral health. Ethical conditions, various approaches to intervention, international cooperation and public versus private healthcare services are topics the student is capable of making a decision on.

ECTS Credits

3 ECTS credits

Level of Study

Master of Dentistry

Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Completed and passed 8th semester in Master of Dentistry
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
This course is mandatory for students attending the 9th semester in Master of dentistry who are not implementing an exchange period abroad.
Teaching and learning methods
This course comprises digital lectures, discussions in groups, group works and individual assignments and the study of relevant literature.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Compulsory assignments and attendance to all teaching activities aside from lectures
Forms of Assessment
Final, written test through the digital system Inspera
Grading Scale
Pass/ fail
Assessment Semester
Reading List
List of literature is available within 1st of July before the autumn semester.
Course Evaluation
Self-assessment every year, subject evaluation every 3rd year in accordance with the regulation for quality in instruction at the University of Bergen.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The program board for subjects in odontology has the responsibility for the course¿s content and construction and for the quality of the study programs and all related subjects.
Course Coordinator
Scientific international coordinator
Course Administrator
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Dentistry