This course discusses the 100 plus year evolution of the profession of Dental Hygiene. The course focuses on the principles, concepts and roles of leadership and the characteristics that make up the leadership styles. Management, self-reflection, communication, organizational skills are all components of leadership. The professional association and its leadership are evaluated. Students identify the leadership skills that are necessary in many facets of the dental hygiene profession including patient care, research, education, public health, and federal affairs. Students implement a simulated action plan of any interesting areas, based on the student’s interest and build a model of a great leadership features in the field of dental hygiene. This planned leadership education of a simulated model is required to help the students meet the complex and changing needs of their public and to provide dental hygiene graduates with the leadership skills needed to more effectively advocate for their patient’s care.
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