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 !

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

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

Infection Control in Alternative Dental Settings 

This required 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.

Price: $170                                 CEUs: 6

Medical Records Management 

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.

Price: $195                                 CEUs: 8