Our Vision

The University of Washington School of Dentistry educates a diverse student body through a challenging learning environment informed by cutting-edge scholarship. We fully embrace the social responsibility and public trust of our role as an international leader in education, research and clinical services.

As part of a public university, we will educate a progressive oral health workforce, develop community collaborations, and bring advances in science to address the pressing oral health needs of our state, the nation and the world. In order to accomplish our vision, we will promote diversity in thinking and human resources, support creative breakthroughs, and commit to ethical and responsible leadership in patient care, scholarship and research.

Our Mission

The School of Dentistry shares the University’s overall mission to generate, disseminate, and preserve knowledge, and to serve the region. The School is an integral part of the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center, and is an orofacial health care center of excellence serving the people of the State of Washington and the Pacific Northwest.

The School’s clinical goal is to prepare students to be well-trained orofacial health care professionals. The School’s research programs contribute to understanding biological, behavioral, social, biomedical, and clinical aspects of dental / orofacial health.

Through service, the School strives to improve the public’s health through outreach programs with attention to minority and underserved communities. The School values diversity in its students, staff, faculty, and patients. It seeks to foster an environment of mutual respect with objectivity, imaginative inquiry through lifelong learning, and the free exchange of ideas.