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University of Michigan School of Dentistry

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is the first dental college in the United States to be connected with a public university.

The University of Michigan (UM) School of Dentistry opened its doors in 1875, serving as the first dental college in the United States to be connected with a public university. Its approach is three-pronged -- to educate future dental professionals, to provide comprehensive dental care to the community and to perform scholarly research.

Graduate Programs & More

The UM School of Dentistry offers a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, all nine specialty programs, dental hygiene, an internationally trained dentist program and an array of continuing education programs for practicing dentists. The school also provides the following postgraduate training programs:

Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency -- A one-year program to provide residents with a broad range of experiences in general dentistry.

General Practice Residency -- Clinicians spend one year training in University of Michigan hospitals with medically compromised and mentally and physically handicapped patients.

Master of Science and Certification -- Available to students interested in advanced studies in dental-related physical and biological sciences, dental hygienedental specialties, clinical teaching or research.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery - A six-year integrated program awarding graduates with a combined Oral Surgery and Medical Degree.

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry strives to train its students to be the dental leaders of the future. Its Scholars Program in Dental Leadership for dental students and dental hygiene students requires additional training in leadership skills, effective communication, writing skills and developing creative problem solving skills.

Research Efforts

The University of Michigan is one of the nation's top research universities. The goal of the UM School of Dentistry's research efforts is to discover and apply new knowledge about oral health science and related fields to help improve the health of patients worldwide. To this end, the School of Dentistry encourages research by its DDS, dental hygiene and MS students through its Student Research Program.

The University of Michigan also offers its dental students several PhD programs, including a PhD in Oral Health Sciences, a PhD dual degree in DDS and Oral Health Sciences, and a PhD dual degree in MS Clinical Specialty and Oral Health Sciences. These programs train students to become advanced research scientists in their field of specific interest within the oral sciences. Focus is on preparing students to be strong candidates for faculty positions in dental schools at major research universities.

Community Care

General and specialty care clinics offered through the University of Michigan School of Dentistry make a range of dental services available to patients throughout Michigan.

The UM School of Dentistry's Community Outreach program consists of a partnership with six public community health centers throughout Michigan to bring comprehensive oral health care to thousands of traditionally underserved patients. Each summer, the Community Outreach program also extends care to migrant workers and their families in and around Traverse City, Michigan.

Contact Info

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is located at:

Address: 1011 N. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone: (734) 763-3316