Dept. of Propedeutics of Dental Diseases? What is that?

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I came across this department of the medical school of a university in Russia, and not knowing the word "Propedeutics", I found a dictionary meaning which did not seem to fit; the English-language websites which refer to such a Department do not really explain what the word means in this context. More detail in the main part of the thread.

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The majority of English-language websites who refer to such a department of Propedeutics are from the Ukraine, Russia, and Poland, although there was at least one from Austria (https://www.meduniwien.ac.at/web/en/studierende/mein-studium/doctoral-programmes-common/propedeutics/). However, looking up the word alone I find, for example from Wikipedia, "Propaedeutics ....is a historical term for an introductory course into a discipline, that is an art, or science." So, would you have a whole department dedicated to introductory courses? Whatever it is, what would such a department called in a university in an English-speaking country?
 

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Terms based on historical/traditional background (happens often with old institutes) are hard to translate, but I think 'foundation program': especially 'extended foundation program' would be more of a fit than plain 'introductory'.
 

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