The Dental Continuing Education Program 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 are offered on a rotating basis and can be taken in any order. Since it involves learning a clinical skill, it is recommended that Caries Stabilization be taken as close to the time of CPHDH application to the BODE as possible, so as to minimize time between learning the technique and implementation. Space is limited – register early!
Core Courses (required for CPHDH):
- Evidence-Based Dentistry for the Dental Professional
- Infection Control in Alternative Dental Settings
- Medical Management in Public Health Dental Settings
- Medical Records Management
- Caries Stabilization
- Managing the Special Needs Patient
- Navigating the Challenges of Long Term Care Settings
- The Many Facets and Faces of Dental Public Health
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, and
- Register with, and submit proof of completion of all requirements to the NH BODE
- Receive certification from the NH BODE
For important details on the new law refer to RSA 317-A:21-e and Den 302.07 at
For course information contact the Business Training Center at (603) 230-4022.
Fall 2016 Dental Public Health Course Schedule:
This required class meets once as a group, followed by individual completion of required online activities. Topics discussed assist public health dental hygienists 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 end date.
Dates: Class Meeting: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online portion: November 16 to December 7
Price: $195 CEUs: 8
Instructor: Connie George, RDH, M.Ed.
Spring 2017 Dental Public Health Course Schedule:
This course addresses systemic conditions and diseases with emphasis on dental hygiene treatment planning, the management of dental and medical emergencies in alternative dental settings, and includes a pharmacology review for common disease states.
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Price: $145 CEUs: 6
Instructor: John P. Ahern, DDS
This course provides an overview of what the evidence-based dentistry approach has to offer clinicians 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, February 4, 2017, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
(Snow date: Saturday, February 11)
Price: $99 CEUs: 4
Instructor: Hope Saltmarsh, RDH, M.Ed., ADA Evidence-Based Reviewer
Participants will learn indications and contraindications to sealants and ITR placement and will have an opportunity to place glass ionomer pit and fissure sealants, as well as practice ITR placement on teeth. Evidence supporting this technique will be presented.
Prerequisites: Active RDH license
Space is limited. Priority will be given to those who have completed all other core courses leading to CPHDH qualification in NH.
Dates: Online portion: May 25 to June 10, 2017
Clinical portion: June 10, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Price: $249 CEUs: 7
Instructors: Richard Niederman, DMD, Director, Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry, College of Dentistry, New York University, Sarah Finne, DMD, MPH, ADA Certificate in Evidence-based Dentistry, and Hope Saltmarsh, RDH, M.Ed., ADA Evidence-based Reviewer
SPACE IS LIMITED - REGISTER EARLY
OL These courses have an on-line component. Students are required to have a personal email address (not the office email address), internet access, and possess basic computer skills.