Message From the Dean

Roy Hume

The University of Utah School of Dentistry was created to provide the State of Utah and its region with a leading dental educational institution, one that is fully integrated into the health sciences center of the State’s educational flagship. The School provides exceptional students with access to outstanding dental-related clinical, research, and health-care training and supporting resources at a reasonable cost.  It also ensures that patients will receive state-of-the art care, and that the science and technologies of oral care will advance.

The School was established through the foresight and generosity of founding visionaries, most notably the Noorda family, who understood the critical role that optimal oral care contributes to the well-being of individuals and of communities.  It is centered in a purpose-built, state-of-the-art building located at the interface between the University’s health sciences and entrepreneurial development precincts, reflecting the School’s commitments to exemplary care, leadership and innovation, while also providing patient care and educational opportunities at other sites.

Through its work the school integrates teaching, research and clinical care, each at both the individual patient and community levels. Tomorrow’s dentists will require abilities and and skill sets that will enable them to participate with other health care providers to address complete health care needs of patients and communities. At the same time, they will be expected to provide technical advice and policy leadership addressing challenges to oral health.  Our graduates will possess the abilities and confidence to participate as equal contributing members of the health care team to improve health population-wide.

While the School acknowledges its very strong obligation to serve the people of Utah, it also assumes a broader, regional role. It also provides both initial and continuing educational opportunities for individuals from surrounding States.  We extend to students, dental professionals, patients and communities access to the best dental education and services, in the same spirit as other nationally acclaimed University of Utah-based health care programs such as the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the Moran Eye Center, the Orthopedic Center, and the University Hospitals and Clinics.

We extend a warm welcome to all future students, patients and visitors and invite you to learn more about the University of Utah School of Dentistry through the resources of this web-site.

Wyatt R. Hume, DDS, PhD
Dean

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