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Academic Year 2023Year School/Graduate School School of Dentistry Program of Dentistry
Lecture Code J1508010 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name 災害医療・歯科法医学
Subject Name
Subject Name in
Disaster Dentistry and Forensic Odontology
ミズノ ノリヨシ,ナガオ マサタカ,オカ ヒロコ,カワグチ ヒロユキ
Campus Kasumi Semester/Term 4th-Year,  Second Semester,  3Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (3T) Tues9-10:DEN Large Lecture Rm
Lesson Style Lecture Lesson Style
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Lecture, Seminar, Group discussion 
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction B : Japanese/English
Course Level 3 : Undergraduate High-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 27 : Health Sciences
Course Area(Discipline) 02 : Dental Sciences
Eligible Students
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・Knowledge of the principles of medicine
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・Rich humanity, understanding of professional responsibilities of a dentist, and general capabilities including basic knowledge, skills, and attitude required for putting such responsibilities into practice 
Class Objectives
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In this course, you learn the basic knowledge of forensic odontology and disaster dentistry necessary as a dental professionals.

Class Objectives
① You are able to explain medical care system under the disasters and points to be noted.
② You are able to explain needs of dental care in the disasters.
③ You are able to explain the concept and definition of death and biological death of an individual.
④ You can explain the social obligations and legal obligations of a dentist, a dental hygienist and a dental technician (regarding cause of death investigation etc.).
⑤ You can explain signs of abuse and how to do for that.
⑥ You can explain methods for dental identification of individuals.
⑦ You can explain the dental identification system and related rules (cause of death investigation). 
Class Schedule lesson1
Disaster Dentistry/Forensic Odontology
Introduction/ Disasters in Japan
Disaster Dentistry
Relationship between the medical system and dentistry under the disasters
Dental health care system under the disasters

Forensic Odontology
Death and Laws, Postmortem changes

Forensic Odontology
Damage, abnormal environment, suffocation

Forensic Odontology
Abuse and its symptoms or pathologies on oral and maxillofacial area

Disaster Dentistry
Dentistry in team medical care under the disasters

Disaster Dentistry
Supporting People following Crisis Events

Forensic Odontology
Disaster Victims Identification (DVI) by dental findings

Disaster Dentistry/ Forensic Odontology
Personal identification/ Identification by dental findings
法歯科医学 基礎知識から臨床・災害時の対応まで/永末書店
Manual of Forensic Odontology 5th Edition/ASFO
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Preparation and
Before attending this class, you should understand "the medical safety", "ensuring the quality" and "safety of medical care", "laws for dental professions", "handling of health care information", "types and applications of dental materials" and "radiation protection".
We strongly recommend to have at least one textbook about Forensic Medicine or Forensic Odontology.
Before the first lesson, you should master how to use Moodle system.
Requirements (1) 2/3 attendance (more than 5 lectures) is required to be eligible for grade evaluation.
(2) In the case of face-to-face style lesson, “attendance” means the person who has "checked the attendance bar code in the classroom" and "sent the comment sheet to Moodle without any blank spaces".
(3) Face-to face style lessons: 2 lates = 1 absence
(4) Regarding the description of the comment sheet, just saying "I have no idea." ,"It was an interesting lecture" and similar contents without any detail reflections shall be treated as the "blanks".
(5) About the distance-style lesson, Students who have submitted the comment sheet and the mini-test (without any blanks) within the each deadline will be evaluated as "Attendance".
(6) An absence for which the student notifies the PIC the absence with a valid reason; if the student submits the assigned work within one week after returning to the school, it is treated as "attendance".  The assignments will be informed at the time of notification of absence.
(7) An absence for which the student notifies the PIC the absence with a valid reason; Only for the sessions for which the student is notified of absence, if the student fails to take the confirmation test on time, a retest will be given only once on the last day of the class.
(8) When you make a report, you have to cite the materials in an appropriate manner. Plagiarized or plagiarized reports are not accepted. Malicious cases will be disposed of according to the HU rules.
(9) In the case that Moodle system cannot work on the deadline day due to official reasons, the submission deadline will be extended for two days after Moodle system is recovered.
Grading Method Assignments
1. A comment Sheet for each lecture
Submit onto Moodle
2 points x 8 lectures = 16 points

2. Moodle mini tests before/after each lecture (or reports in some lessons)
8 points x 8 lectures = 64 points

3. A repot about “Forensic Odontology/ Disaster Dentistry”
The topics will be indicated at the first lesson
20 points

(1) the total of the comment sheets, Moodle mini-tests and an assignment report:  60 or more points= PASS
(2) No late submissions will be accepted after the respective due dates.
(3) If the above (1) and (2) are less than 60 points, a separate test will be imposed on the range of content that has not reached 60%. This test is conducted only once.
Practical Experience Experienced  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it The members of the Center for Cause of Death Investigation Research & Education will be in charge for "Forensic Odontology". 
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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