Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2011

Publication Source

Journal of the History of Dentistry.

Volume

59

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

94-100

Publisher

American Academy of the History of Dentistry

Place of Publication

Brookline, MA

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This historical narrative highlights the origin and development of the dental hygiene profession in South Korea. The legacy of early American missionaries to Korea includes profound and long-lasting contributions in medicine, education and theology. Many of Korea’s top universities today have their roots in the missionary schools of the late nineteenth century, including Yonsei University, home of the first dental hygiene program in Korea. From Yonsei in Seoul, the dental hygiene profession spread throughout the country, including the American missionary-based program in Kwangju in 1977. Contributions included clinical and didactic education, as well as professional leadership and development. American dental missionaries developed the profession of dental hygiene in Korea, and provided guidance to Korean dentists and hygienists for its growth and expansion.

Disciplines

Dentistry

Included in

Dentistry Commons

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