Epidemiology & Evidence Based Practice in Dentistry and Oral Health Care

Learning aims
Competences according to the General Educational framework Dentistry 2008 covered: II c-I (4) The student has:

  • thorough understanding on the concepts, principles and methods of Evidence Based Health Care Practice. Thereby the student has advanced comprehension on the place and value (possibilities and constraints) of Evidence Based Practice on dentistry and oral health care.
  • deep insights about the different study designs, methods and analytic techniques of advanced etiologic, diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic scientific research. Thereby he will be able to independently define proper questions for advanced scientific research on diagnostic accuracy, prognostic accuracy and therapeutic effectiveness, and make motivated choices for the design of such research projects.
  • expertise in deriving ‘best-available evidence’ from published original scientific research through interpreting and appreciating the relevance and validity of findings and the health outcomes from these. Thereby the student is able to independently make a brief rapid summary of the evidence from scientific research in a comprehensive and transparent manner, answer the initial diagnostic, prognostic or treatment question from patient care based on a translation of this summary, and thereupon provide aligned policy guidance and sound recommendations for decision making on the care for individual patients).
  • advanced competencies in identifying uncertainty in his decision making and translate these into proper questions for research. Thereby the student will be able to independently rephrasing and translating his knowledge gaps and information needs.
  • comprehensive proficiency in the approach to the complex concepts of measures of disease frequency (risks and rates of disease) along with association measures for these. Thereby the student will be able to simplify such concepts and measures in the translation for transparent and explicit explanation in patient care.

Health care workers continuously work on the proper delivery of good health care outcomes. In this they question themselves whether and to which extent their decisions in patient management (notably on choices about diagnosis, therapy, and prediction of prognosis and outcome) are based on solid scientific evidence. Evidence-based medicine (EBM) principles have been widely accepted as efficient strategies to meet these needs. This course aims to equip the students with the advanced competencies on the concepts, principles and methods of Evidence Based Health Care through cutting-edge information mastery and decision making. Competencies obtained during this course will provide students with advanced understanding and deep insights that will help them to meet the challenges of the 21th century health care and apply these properly in delivering Evidence Based best practice in dentistry and oral health care. With this course the students should be able to disentangle complexities  and unravel problems in patient management and care.


  • Methodological reader A: selected methodological and background fundamental papers (compulsory)
  • Applied scientific reader B: selected applied scientific research papers for working groups (compulsory)

Learning assessment
The student needs to pass all components undermentioned

  • Overall assessment of assignments and participation during the seminars
  • Written exam, with open exam questions
Credits:3 ECTS
Duration:Semester 1, Thursdays October 18th – December 6th 2018
Teaching methodsSelf-study; Lectures; Working groups, Assignments
CoordinatorProf. Dr. G.J.M.G. van der Heijden
Teacher(s)Prof. Dr. G.J.M.G. van der Heijden

Application deadline and subscription
E-mail: geert.vander.heijden@acta.nl