Dental Public Health Course Series

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
  • The Many Facets and Faces of Dental Public Health
  • Caring for an Aging Population

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.

Note: All Public Health courses are open to any dental professional with the understanding that those pursuing CPHDH certification will be given enrollment priority.


Spring 2019 Dental Public Health Course Schedule:

Caring for an Aging Population

In 2017 over 170,000 people in NH were age 65 and older. As our aging population in NH continues to grow what information is needed to better serve the patients we will be seeing.

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Price: $99
Instructors: Elizabeth “BJ” Brown, RDH, MS

Medical Management in Public Health Dental Settings

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 26, 2019, 9 am – 4 pm
Price: $145                                 CEUs: 6
Instructors: John P. Ahern, DDS

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.

Dates: Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8:30 am - 12:30 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. Evidence supporting this technique will be presented. Space is limited. 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.

Online portion: May 24 to June 7, 2019
Clinical portion: Friday, June 7, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
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



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.

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Lynn Noonan
(603) 271-6484 x4261
Fax: (603) 230-9305

BJ Brown
(603) 271-6484 x4261
Fax: (603) 230-9305

Business Training Center
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301-7412
(603) 230-4022
Fax: (603) 230-9304
Office of Workforce Development

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For important details on the dental laws and rules, as well as recent changes, refer to RSA 317-A and Den 100-500 at