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The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston
7500 Cambridge Street
Houston, TX 77054
Dean: Dr. John A. Valenza

About The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston

Since its founding in 1905, The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth) School of Dentistry at Houston has graduated more than 6,000 dentists, 1,850 dental hygienists and nearly 1,500 post-graduate specialists. Currently, the school offers 10 accredited programs: DDS, dental hygiene, two primary care general residency programs and six specialty programs in pediatric dentistry, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, prosthodontics, periodontics and orthodontics. The school also offers a DDS/PhD in collaboration with the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and a certificate in oral and maxillofacial surgery for MDs at the UTHealth Medical School.

UTSD students gain clinical skills in on-site clinics, at affiliated hospitals and through community outreach projects. The school has affiliations with nine hospitals, 48 Houston Independent School District sites and more than 30 clinics, community agencies and long-term health care centers. As the only dental school in southeast Texas, the School of Dentistry is a primary source of quality oral health care for low-income families, the traditionally underserved, and for patients with special needs and/or medical comorbidities. Among the hospitals affiliated with UTSD are:

  •     UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
  •     Memorial Hermann Hospital System
  •     Ben Taub General Hospital
  •     Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital
  •     Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
  •     Other Texas Medical Center institutions


To be a leader in dental education by enriching the lives and health of our community and the world through patient care and research - our foundation in the pursuit of excellence in education


To advance human health by providing high-quality education, patient care, and research in oral health for Texas, the nation and the world

Continuing Education

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston offers numerous courses for dental professionals. Courses are available for all disciplines of dentistry, including general dentists, specialists, dental hygienists and dental assistants. Our world-renowned instructors, as well as guest lecturers and clinicians, offer cutting-edge, hands-on sessions.


The mission and goals of The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston Office of Continuing Education are to assist in broadening technical, scientific, patient care and management skills of practitioners within our service area for the betterment of dental services for patients. We do this by (a) providing short-term courses in dentistry that are technical and/or scientific and clinically oriented; (b) providing participants with opportunities to evaluate new ideas, techniques and materials; (c) providing the newest techniques and materials available in dentistry and (d) reviewing current accepted modalities in dental therapy for general practitioners, specialists, hygienists, assistants and lab technicians.

The UTSD Continuing Education Program is an important component of the institution and essential to UTSD’s ability to carry out its mission. The School of Dentistry strives to instill an attitude of lifelong learning in its graduates. Through its commitment to continuing education, the school provides an avenue for its students, faculty, staff, graduates and other members of the profession to add to their dental scholarship.

The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston Office of Continuing Education is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

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