Dental Public Health Course Series

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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

Elective Courses:

  • 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, 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 302.05 (aa) at

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

Still Available in Fall 2014 ...

Infection Control in Alternative Dental Settings - Hands-on!

This course reviews infection control procedures through lecture and clinical activities.  Dental hygienists learn the latest protocols for proper asepsis in non-traditional settings and are strongly encouraged to bring a portable dental unit.  Clinic attire, safety glasses required.

Dates: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $160                                 CEUs: 6
Instructor: Lisa Scott, CDA, RDH, M.Ed., and Connie George, RDH, M.Ed.

Spring 2015 Dental Public Health Course Schedule:

Medical Management in Public Health Dental Settings - NEW!

This course addresses systemic conditions and diseases with emphasis on dental hygiene treatment planning and  the management of dental and medical emergencies in alternative dental settings.  A pharmacology review for common disease states is included.

Dates: Friday, January 23, 2015, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Snow date: Saturday, January 24)
Price: $120                                 CEUs: 6
Instructor: John Fitzsimons, DMD, MA, Families First Health Center, Portsmouth, NH

Medical Records Management - Hybrid Format OL

This 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.

Date: Class Meeting: Wednesday, February 11, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online portion: February 11 through March 4, 2015
Price: $195                                 CEUs: 8
Instructors: Connie George, RDH, M.Ed.

Evidence-Based Dentistry for the Dental Professional

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 28, 2015, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Price: $99                                 CEUs: 4
Instructors: Hope Saltmarsh, RDH, M.Ed., ADA Evidence-Based Reviewer

Caries Stabilization

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.  The ethical, moral, and clinical dilemmas one faces when considering sealant and ITR placement will also be discussed. 

*Space is limited.  Priority will be given to those who have completed all other core courses leading to CPHDH qualification in NH.

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Online Portion: April 22 - May 20
Price: $249                                 CEUs: 7
Instructors: Sarah Finne, DMD, MPH, ADA Certificate in Evidence-based Dentistry, and Hope Saltmarsh, RDH, M.Ed., ADA Evidence-Based Reviewer

Prerequisites and Required Documents:

  • Active RDH license

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.


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

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