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University of Florida

Office of University of Florida College of Dentistry
1600 SW Archer Rd
P. O. Box 100405
Gainesville  Florida
United States
888-550-4590
mhopkins@dental.ufl.edu
Rating: 
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Year Established: 
1972
Online Programs Offered: 
Y
Onsite Programs Offered: 
Y

About the University of Florida College of Dentistry

Established in 1972, the University of Florida College of Dentistry is the only publicly-funded dental school in the state and ranks as a national leader in dental education, research and community service. The college is housed in the Dental Sciences Building located on the UF Health Science Center campus.

Our students and faculty participate in interdisciplinary learning and research that benefits the college and its patient community, resulting in a well-rounded curriculum that produces dentists skillful in the art and science of dentistry. The college educates the state’s future dentists and dental specialists through 16 degree and certificate programs. Each year we admit a new class of 80-90 D.M.D. students who are among the top pre-dental students in the nation. Students’ performance on standardized examinations is a benchmark of the quality of our academic programs. In June 2011, the college’s Class of 2013 achieved an outstanding 100% first time pass rate on Part One of the National Board Dental Exams.

The college is nationally recognized for its oral health research enterprise, emphasizing infectious diseases in dentistry, bone biology, pain and neurosciences, and translational research to improve clinical and dental care. We anticipate building on this reputation by recruitment of mid-career, top-notch basic scientists to achieve excellence in areas of established strength in the college while more closely aligning the college with key initiatives within the university and Health Science Center. These initiatives include genomics of infectious diseases, immunology, autoimmunity, biostatistics, cancer epidemiology and prevention, cell biology/cell signaling, and pain and neurosciences. We will also strive to recruit magnet investigators and junior investigators to provide a nucleus of clinical and translational researchers in areas where we presently have complementary strengths.

We have a multi-faceted service mission encompassing patient care and community outreach and education. Through the Statewide Network for Community Oral Health, we improve access to dental care for Florida’s residents, focusing on vulnerable and indigent populations and special needs patients. Our students and faculty also give of themselves in providing free dental treatment to underserved populations during service missions abroad and at home.

Vision

The vision of the College of Dentistry is to be an internationally recognized dental school known for an innovative educational program, commitment to cultural diversity, discovery, transfer of scientific knowledge, the superior skills of our graduates, and the highest degree of service.

Mission

The mission of the College of Dentistry is to achieve excellence in the art and science of dentistry through teaching, research, and service: To develop outstanding clinical, research and teaching professionals committed to lifelong learning. To provide and promote excellent patient care and community service. To discover, disseminate and apply knowledge in the oral health sciences. To foster an environment that promotes communication, cultural diversity, and internationalization and ensures further alignment of the college with the vision and mission of the University of Florida.

Values

The following values help the College of Dentistry achieve its vision and mission: Excellence Integrity Fairness Communication Cooperation Courtesy Continuous Improvement.

Accreditation: 
The University of Florida is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider and a member of the association for Continuing Dental Education.

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