Department of Developmental Sciences

Chairperson: Prof. Nadia El Harouni

The Department of Developmental Sciences comprises three divisions: Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry and Public Health and Behavioural Sciences. The department is responsible for teaching dental students to be able to understand orofacial and psychosocial growth and development of the child; recognize aberrant growth and development; manage the behaviour of the child; perform straightforward preventive, restorative and occlusal corrections, and to make appropriate and timely referral. Despite the extensive common ground between the three divisions, they are taught distinctly to achieve the best of child, adolescent, and adult oral health care.

Division of Orthodontics
Director, Prof. Nadia El Harouni
The courses have three components: didactic, preclinical and clinical It focuses on the basic principles of craniofacial growth and development, classification and etiology of malocclusion, data collection about an orthodontic case including cephalometric training, and the biomechanical principles of tooth movement and concentrate on the clinical evaluation of an orthodontic case, students split into small groups where tutors train them on diagnosis and treatment planning for two weeks. Treatment timing and modality are then discussed and suggestions made before transferring the patient to the residents in the graduate program.
Division of Pediatric Dentistry
Director, Assoc. Prof. Sherine Badr
The program provides the students with all facets of child dental health care. It also incorporates epidemiological principles. The course of study includes seminars, lectures, demonstrations, preclinical and clinical experiences on physical and psychological growth and development, pulpal management and restoration of the primary and young permanent dentitions. Students also gain increased experience in preventive regimens such as fissure sealants and fluoride therapies.
Division of Public Health and Behavioural Sciences
Director, Prof. Ahmed Abdel Rahman
The program incorporates biostatistics and the basis for the planning and evaluation of community based preventive dental programs. The course of study includes seminars, lectures, demonstrations, pulpal management and restoration of the primary and young permanent dentitions, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management of behavior, ethical responsibilities of oral health care and diagnosis and treatment of selected space problems to intercept the development of malocclusions. Students also gain increased experience in preventive regimens such as fissure sealants and fluoride therapies.