To lead by becoming a dental home for our patients, an employer of choice, and a nurturing environment for current and future leaders in dentistry.

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To lead with a contemporary and evolving curriculum centered in evidence-based patient care, critical thinking, and life-long learning.

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Research & Discovery

To lead through preeminence in basic, translational, clinical, and education research.

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Patient Care

To lead by becoming a principal dental healthcare center ranked the most respected and trusted dental school in the country.

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Responsible Growth & Sustainability

To lead through financial viability that empowers our community to engage in strategic and continuous advancement.

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Cross Domain

Community-Based Collaborative Care and Education

To lead by enhancing our students' education and professional growth through community service.

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Learning Health System

To lead through continuous knowledge development, improvement and application.

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Building on the strengths of its University and State, a diverse University of Michigan School of Dentistry community will lead the science and practice of dentistry with preeminent research, contemporary and engaged learning, and exemplary patient care in a vital and sustainable manner.


Advancing health through education, service, research and discovery.

Core Values


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Compassion: Encourage a culture of collaboration, collegiality and helpfulness based on empathy and respect.

Leadership: Shape the future leaders of dentistry.

Excellence: Intend to be the best at all we do.

Responsibility: Promote integrity, professionalism, and accountability to ensure ethical decision making.

Trust: Commit to honest transparent communication to build relationships

Creativity: Challenge existing knowledge to foster problem-solving and new discovery.

Inclusion: Embrace and celebrate our diverse community.