The purpose of the University of Utah School of Dentistry is to improve the health of the community through education, research and clinical service. Consequently, we recognize the vital role of research in the discovery, development and eventual translation of new biomedical knowledge and have made research and its attending outcomes integral to this School of Dentistry.

In order to achieve this, our dental graduates are expected to:

  1. Be competent in assessing the research process,
  2. Conduct critical thinking and problem solving,
  3. Develop and assess ‘best practices’ in the dental care they render, and
  4. Be prepared to provide relevant dental health services well into the twenty-first century.

To this end, the University of Utah School of Dentistry is integrated with the University of Utah Health Sciences and their outstanding tradition of biomedical research and translational philosophy. Thus, the research program in the dental school is designed to foster collaborative efforts with investigators and clinicians throughout the University of Utah Health Sciences to optimize the application of unique resources and scientific expertise for both dentistry students and faculty in order to identify and address problems related to issues of oral health.

Few dental schools are located in a research-rich institution such as the University of Utah. To take advantage of these unique research opportunities to conduct dental-related research, faculty members at this School of Dentistry are encouraged to conduct interdisciplinary scholarly activity by interacting with established institutional programs such as the following: