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About Study Course

Department: Department of Conservative Dentistry and Oral Health
Credit points / ECTS:2 / 3
Course supervisor:Ilze Maldupa
Study type:Full time
Target audience:Dentistry
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Clinical Medicine; Oral Medicine


The objective of this study course is to furnish students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to effectively identify, analyze, and solve clinical questions through scientific methods. Through this course, students will gain a thorough understanding of evidence-based dentistry, study designs, research methodology, and ethics. They will learn the principles of critically appraising scientific literature, including how to evaluate the quality of research publications and effectively communicate their findings. Furthermore, students will develop the ability to perform research tasks, including designing research protocols, collecting and analyzing data, and writing manuscripts. By the end of the course, students will be able to conduct research using scientific methods under the guidance of experienced researchers.


Biostatistics, Fundamentals of Cariology, Oral Health Promotion in Clinical and Population Settings

Learning outcomes


Recognize the principles of the scientific method;
Identify successes and problems of medical science today;
Recognize the concept of Evidence-Based Medicine;
Identify basic clinical-epidemiological research design;
Identify basic research questions;
Differentiate sites with information for patients or professionals;
Identify biomedical search engines for published articles;
Identify the ethical principles of medical research;
Identify the ethical regulations guiding medical research;
Recognize major ethical issues in research.


The student will be able to:
Perform a search for medical information on the internet and validate it;
Perform a search for medical research on selected search engines;
Apply criteria for validating medical information on the Internet.


This introductory medical research course provides the competencies that allow the student to recognize the role of research in clinical practice and the basic skills for the search and critical evaluation of medical information.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2023, Autumn semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Dentistry, ZF7Master’sRequiredIlze Maldupa, Anda Slaidiņa, Daiga Spila
Dentistry, SSNSF7Master’sRequiredSergio Andres Uribe Espinoza, Ilze Maldupa, Inga Znotiņa
Planning period:Year 2024, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Dentistry, SSNSFz7Master’sRequiredSergio Andres Uribe Espinoza, Inga Znotiņa, Ilze Maldupa