Predoctoral dental school curriculum for catastrophe preparedness

Frederick G. More, Joan Phelan, Robert Boylan, David Glotzer, Walter Psoter, Miriam Robbins, E. Dianne Rekow, Michael C. Alfano

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Preparing for catastrophic events, both human-made and natural, is in the national interest and has become a priority since catastrophic events in Oklahoma City, Washington, DC, and New York City. Dentists are a large source of non-physician health manpower that could contribute to the public welfare during catastrophic events that require additional public health human resources. Dentists, by virtue of their education, understand biomedical concepts and have patient care skills that can be directly applied during a catastrophic event. Dentists also can provide training for other types of health care workers and can supervise these individuals. In this article, we propose that dentistry can make a significant contribution as part of a national response before, during, and after a catastrophic event or at the time of a public health emergency. We describe the potential collaboration among a dental school, city and state health departments, law enforcement, the military, and others to develop a curriculum in catastrophe preparedness. Then we describe one dental school's effort to build a catastrophe preparedness curriculum for our students. The competencies, goals and objectives, and sources of content for this catastrophe preparedness curriculum are described as well as suggestions for sequencing instruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)851-858
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of dental education
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2004


  • Bioterrorism
  • Curriculum development
  • Disaster planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Dentistry


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