Dental Public Health Course Series

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Dr. Richard NiedermanRichard Niederman, DMD
Caries Stabilization
Lead Instructor

Dr. Richard Niederman is professor and chair, Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion, College of Dentistry, New York University, and director of the NYU Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry.
   He graduated magna cum laude in 1976 from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine where he also received his periodontal specialty training. He received certificate training in Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University in 1996.
   He is the founding USA editor of the journal Evidence-Based Dentistry; and co-author of the book Evidence-based Dentistry. He has published more than 100 evidence-based articles most recently on practice implementation, and provided training in evidence-based dentistry on 5 continents over the last 10 years.
   His current work is implementing NIH-funded evidence-based caries prevention programs in at-risk communities in the U.S. mainland and Hawaii.

The Allied Dental Education Department at NHTI, in collaboration with the NH Division of Public Health Services Oral Health Program offers this continuing education course series for dental hygienists who provide services in public health settings and for dental hygienists desiring to become NH Certified Public Health Dental Hygienists (CPHDH). This continuing education series meets course requirements set forth by the NH Board of Dental Examiners (BODE) and provides participants with the most current information to optimally deliver dental hygiene services in alternative dental settings. Required courses currently leading to the CPHDH certification for dental hygienists are offered on a rotating basis and can be taken in any order.  Space is limited – register early!

Core Courses (required for CPHDH):

  • Caries Stabilization - New!  (Required for all CPHDH pathways)
  • Evidence-Based Dentistry for the Dental Professional
  • Infection Control in Alternative Dental Settings
  • Medical Management of Clients in Alternative Dental Settings
  • Medical Records Management

Elective Courses (optional):

  • Managing the Special Needs Patient
  • Navigating the Challenges of Long Term Care Settings

To qualify as a CPHDH in NH, dental hygienists must:

  • Practice for 3200 hours (1600 within 2 years prior to certification)
  • Be qualified in dental sealants
  • Complete specified courses within 4 years prior to certification
  • Submit proof of completion of all requirements to the NH BODE
  • Receive certification from the NH BODE
  • According to NH BODE rules, the CPHDH qualification is specifically for dental hygienists.
  • NH dental hygienists who earn CPHDH qualification can expose radiographs and place interim therapeutic restorations (ITRs) under public health supervision and with a collaborative agreement with a NH licensed dentist. One of three pathways will lead to CPHDH qualification: (1) Master’s degree in Public Health, (2) Bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene with 6 semester hours in community dental health, or (3) Completion of approved courses in dental public health. Regardless of the pathway, all CPHDHs must complete a caries stabilization course which is a NEW requirement and register with the BODE to receive certification.  NHTI will issue individual course continuing education certificates, and the NH BODE will now issue the CPHDH Certificate directly to the dental hygienist.

For important details on the new law refer to RSA 317-A:21-e and Den 302.05 (aa) at

For course information contact Deb Albrecht, (603) 271-6484 x4261,

Spring 2014 Dental Public Health Course Schedule:

Caries Stabilization: Implementing Evidence-Based Dentistry for Sealants and ITR (Interim Therapeutic Restorations)

This course is now full.  We are no longer accepting registrations; please look for it in our Spring 2015 schedule.

This hands-on, interactive, course offers participants an opportunity to:

  1. Familiarize themselves with the basic methods of evidence-based dentistry as it applies to caries stabilization.
  2. Practice using glass ionomer for sealants and ITR

Using a case-based method for caries stabilization, participants will become familiar with the 4-step evidence methods to:

  1. Generate answerable clinical questions;
  2. Search for the current best evidence;
  3. Evaluate the evidence for clinical applicability; and
  4. Apply the evidence in practice.

Participants will have the opportunity to place glass ionomer pit and fissure sealants, and to practice ITR placement on both posterior and anterior teeth with Type I, II, III, IV and V lesions.  Participants will learn indications and contraindications to sealants and ITR placement.  Finally, participants will discuss the ethical, moral, and clinical dilemmas one faces when considering sealant and ITR placement.  At the conclusion of the course participants will be able to carry out this 4-step evidence method in 5 minutes or less, and be able to deliver glass ionomer sealants and ITRs.

This course meets requirements set forth by the NH Board of Dental Examiners (BODE).  **Priority will be given to those who have completed all other core courses leading to CPHDH qualification in NH.

Prerequisites and Required documents: Active RDH license
Date:  June 6 / 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Price: $175 (Continental breakfast and lunch are included)
Early Registration (before Feb 7): $150
CEUs: 12
Instructors: Richard Niederman, DMD, Director, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, College of Dentistry, New York University; Denise Guerrero, CDA, CRA, The Forsyth Institute; Hope Saltmarsh, RDH, M.Ed., ADA Evidence-Based Reviewer.

Evidence-Based Dentistry for the Dental Professional

This course provides an overview of what the evidence based dentistry approach has to offer dental hygienists and dentists striving to best meet their patients’ needs and preferences. Working in the classroom and the computer lab, participants will gain experience in quickly finding evidence relevant to a practice need and appraising that evidence.
Date:  Saturday, March 8, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Price: $99                                 CEUs: 4
Instructor: Hope Saltmarsh, RDH, M.Ed., ADA Evidence-Based Reviewer

Navigating the Challenges of Long Term Care Settings

Providing dental hygiene services in long term care settings is rewarding, yet logistically challenging. This course covers the essentials for dental hygienists and dentists to begin and maintain a preventive oral health program in this setting. Topics include: understanding the aging physiology; developing collaborative relationships; managing resistive behaviors; in-service training; what’s behind the less than adequate oral health; equipment and supplies; and NH opportunities.
Date:  Saturday, March 8, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Price: $99                                 CEUs: 4
Instructor: Elizabeth “BJ” Brown, RDH, M.S.

Special Offer: Register for both March 8 courses (above) for $175!

Medical Records Management - Hybrid Format OL

This course meets after completion of required online activities. Topics discussed assist the public health dental hygienist to understand and comply with legal requirements to properly handle patient medical records. Key concepts of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and NH law regarding client abuse are included. Participants draft a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) and are required to complete learning activities prior to class date.
Date: Online portion: April 21 through May 14
Class Meeting: Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Price: $195                                 CEUs: 8
Instructors: Connie George, RDH, M.Ed.

OL This course will have an on-line component. Students are required to have an email address, internet access, a computer, and possess basic computer skills.


Debra Albrecht
(603) 271-6484 x4261
Fax: (603) 230-9305

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