Bachelors of Dental Surgery (BDS)


The relatively lower level of national investment in dental health care combined with the rapidly increasing population is leading to a worsening of the already poor dental surgeon: population ratio. Further, the improvement of the economy over the years has resulted in the increased consumption of refined sugars leading to a worsening of the dental disease burden. The need for more dental surgeons does not need to be over-emphasized. The Bachelor of Dental Surgery course will not only help reduce the gaps but also go a long way into training dental health care personnel with competencies to deal with emerging and complex ailments. The program will in addition seek to train conscientious and compassionate dental health professionals based on Christian values that in turn should also uphold high moral and ethical standards.This therefore calls for an urgent need to train more dentists if the ailing heath sector in Uganda is to be improved.

The Bachelor of Dental Surgery will therefore achieve the following:
  • Promote evidence based dental health research capacities of the graduates to contribute to knowledgeand solving health-related problems
  • Produce a graduate who is conscientious and compassionate in his/her professional work, and upholdshigh ethical and moral standards.
  • Contribute to community development through health services provided through the hospital dentalhealth centre, outreach satellite health facilities, and through the provision of short terms health-care training programs to in-services health personnel.
  • Elvate Mengo Hospital to a University Teaching Hospital and this will consequently help the hospital retain high calibre medical specialists and raise the quality of dental healthcare  provision at the hospital.

Objectives of the program:

The program seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  1. To produce graduates who cherish Christian values, high moral and ethical standards in the profession
  2. To equip the graduate with health care knowledge
  3. To produce health care persons with clinical skills in diagnosis and management of dental health conditions
  4. To produce graduates who will contribute to improvement in dental health care provision through dental and health related research.
  5. To equip graduates with crtitical thinking skills to solve problems.

Learning Outcomes

I. Knowledge outcomes

The program must produce a dental surgeon who has essential knowledge necessary for modern dental practice, including knowledge of:

a) Biomedical Sciences as a foundation for clinical dentistry

b) Psychological, social, environmental, spiritual and cultural factors that contribute to illness and disease of individuals, families and communities.

c)Principles of health promotion and disease prevention

d) A clinical reasoning process that leads to problem solving

e) Pathophysiology of common problems encountered in medical/dental practice

f) How to make a comprehensive assessment based on illness and disease

g) How to make a comprehensive and shared management plan which includes Management of presenting problems, Management of ongoing chronic problems including rehabilitation, Modification of help-seeking behaviour of patients, families and communities and Opportunistic health promotion

h) The principles of Rational Therapeutics

i) Rational use and ordering of basic and special investigations

j) Common problems encountered in health care

k) Health care problems encountered in primary , secondary and tertiry health care

l) Epidemiology and biostatistics

m) Health services Management and Administration

n) Ethics issues relevant to medical pratice

II. Skills outcomes

The program must produce a doctor who has essential skills that are required for medical practice. These skills are:

a. Communication skills including:

-Language skills

-Computer skills

-Interviewing skills

-Writing skills

-Referral skills

-Team work


b. Clinical skills including:

-History taking

-Performance of a physical examination

-Assessment of a patient’s mental state

-Performance of side room laboratory tests and procedures

-Interpretation of findings

-Making a comprehensive assessment based on illness and disease

-Formulation of a comprehensive and shared management plan

-Counselling skills including basic counselling counselling of patients with HIV and AIDS

III. Attitudinal /Behaviour outcomes

The program must produce a dental surgeon who has an appropriate attitude for dental practice, which includes the following:

a. Commitment to the person rather than disease or special technique

b. Awareness of the subjective aspects of dentistry, that is, sensitivity to feelings and thoughts

c. Concerns and expectations of patients and also awareness of own values, attitudes and feelings

d. Ability to listen actively with empathy in order to appreciate the purpose and intentions of patients

e. Ability to build trust through being worthy of trust

f. Ability to negotiate agreements that honestly reflect interests of both the dental surgeon and patient

g. Respect for cultural diversity and patients’ beliefs

h. Positive approach towards primary health care and community-based education and service

i. Understanding the general code of conduct of a dental surgeon towards patients

j. Understanding the dental surgeons’ responsibilities towards his colleagues and other members of the health care team

k. Appreciation of health as a human right





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