About the School of Dentistry

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University of Utah School of Dentistry

The University of Utah School of Dentistry will grant its first DDS degree in 2017. The School of Dentistry is part of the University of Utah’s Health Sciences, the Intermountain West’s only academic medical center, and our new School of Dentistry building is slated for completion in late 2014. The health sciences comprise University of Utah Health Care, the School of Medicine, the School of Dentistry and the Colleges of Pharmacy, Nursing and Health. Our classes are currently held in the Health Sciences Education Building, an award-winning facility in the heart of the education corridor of the Health Sciences.

Opportunities for cross-professional education and collaboration in this rich environment are unlimited. The University of Utah ranks first in the country in spinoff companies resulting from university research and innovations while University of Utah Health Care has been ranked among the top 10 academic medical centers in the country; in 2010 University of Utah Health Care was ranked first in the country. Health Sciences at the U of U serve people in six states—Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and portions of Nevada and Colorado—nearly 10 percent of the continental United States.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to lead the creation and support of excellent and ethical oral health care delivery, education and research.

This is expressed as the five following goals and is tracked on an annual basis to determine whether the School is fulfilling its mission:

  1. Instill a strong code of ethics and sense of community service
  2. Support and maintain academic excellence
  3. Provide quality dental care
  4. Promote research to enhance knowledge and advance oral health
  5. Promote the development of faculty, staff and institutional operations

In one statement, we seek to improve the health of our community through education, research and clinical service. We also share this purpose with the University of Utah School of Medicine.


The School of Dentistry builds on Utah’s Regional Dental Education Program (RDEP), launched in 1980. Since its inception 32 years ago, Utah’s program has successfully recruited top students who are pursuing careers in dentistry. With the inauguration of the new School of Dentistry, the RDEP program will be retired when the last RDEP students complete their education in 2016.