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Public Health Dental Hygienist

A Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) is a practicing Registered Dental Hygienist who is certified to perform dental hygiene procedures without immediate or direct supervision of a dentist. PHDHs are certified to perform procedures in public health settings including schools, longterm care facilities, clinics, mobile dental health vans, and others. 

Each course is designated to prepare the Registered Dental Hygienist to meet the educational requiremements for infection control, risk and practice management, and management of medical emergencies in public health dental environments. 

This program consists of three (3) five-week online courses that educate dental hygienists with the knowledge and credentitals needed to submit a licensure application to become a PHDH. 


  1. Registered Dental Hygienist with a valid license to practice in the state of Rhode Island.
  2. A minimum of three (3) years of full-time experience as a Registered Dental Hygienist, or;
  3. An equivalent of 4,500 hours of clinical experience

*To apply to take these courses please contact Kristen Herbert by emailing [email protected]. All application materials must be completed by Friday, January 19 for consideration. 


  • DHYG 2202: Management of Medical Emergencies for the Public Health Dental Hygienist
    • starts online Wednesday, January 31, 2024; SIM lab at Lincoln campus on Wednesday, March 6, 5:30 -8:30 pm
  • DHYG 2203: Infection Control for the Public Health Dental Hygienist
    • starts online March 20, 2024; SIM lab at Lincoln campus on Wednesday,  April 24th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • DHYG 2204: Risk and Practice Management for the Public Health Dental Hygienist
    • starts online April 29, 2024 to June 3, 2024.

Each course awards fifteen (15) Continuing Education credits. Upon successful completion of all three courses, student can apply for PHDH licensure.

Successful completers of the Public Dental Health Hygienist classes are eligible to apply for prior learning credit (PLC) through the Dental Health Department (one (1) credit per class).


There is no corequisite for these courses and they may be taken out of sequence. While all three courses are required for PHDH licensure, each individual course provides a separate valuable continuing education learning opportunity. 

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$310 for each course 
Includes a $10 non-refundable registration fee


Time Commitment


Three (3) five-week courses





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