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About The School

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

Vision

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

Mission

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