About Our School

Mission, Vision and Values


The mission of the UNC School of Dentistry is to promote the health of the people of North Carolina, the nation and the world through excellence in teaching, patient care, research and service.

Education. The School of Dentistry is committed to conduct high quality dental education programs at the undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral levels. The school’s academic environment fosters the acquisition of knowledge in the basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences. Independent thinking and life-long learning are encouraged through degree-granting and continuing education programs. A high standard of professional and personal ethics, as well as technical excellence, are integral to the learning experience. The school prepares its graduates to enter the general practice of dentistry, the dental specialties, dental allied health fields, research and teaching in a wide variety of settings, primarily in service to the people of North Carolina.

Research. The School of Dentistry’s faculty and students generate new knowledge in the basic, applied and clinical sciences, with an emphasis on the promotion of oral health and function. Research also is conducted in the areas of health services, health policy and health education. New knowledge is disseminated through presentations at scientific forums and publication in the scholarly literature. School of Dentistry scientists interact and collaborate with other investigators on this campus, as well as with leading scientists elsewhere in the United States and abroad.

Patient Care. The School of Dentistry provides high quality comprehensive, primary and specialized oral health care to individuals of all socioeconomic and cultural groups from North Carolina and the region. Patient care enhances the educational programs and supports the scientific and clinical research efforts of the school.

Service. The School of Dentistry provides continuing education programs for dental and other health professionals in a variety of settings. The school provides consultation services to practitioners and policy makers, and seeks to inform the public about the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. Faculty and staff serve in leadership roles in the University, community, public agencies, and professional organizations. The school supports the activities of the University and dental alumni associations, the Dental Foundation of North Carolina, and an informal organization of dental parents.



The vision of the UNC School of Dentistry is to be a world leader in improving oral health through excellence in education, patient care, research, public service and engagement.


Core Values

  • Discover, integrate, apply and disseminate new knowledge.
  • Encourage freedom of speech, expression and inquiry to promote solutions to the scientific, social, policy and ethical issues that impact the health of the public.
  • Facilitate an academic culture of interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship in which a broad range of disciplines within the school and University collaborate on biomedical, public health, educational and clinical issues.
  • Provide a stellar student experience that allows students to participate in the process of learning and discovery, making them better-prepared professionals and future leaders. We are committed to educating scholarly, ethical and highly skilled future dental professionals.
  • Offer access to dental education to students from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
  • Advance the health of the people of North Carolina by shaping our teaching, research, and service agendas around the state’s needs. We seek to provide oral health to all segments of the public with a special responsibility to educate oral health professionals to meet the needs of underserved communities.
  • Be a world center for education, clinical practice and research in oral health.
  • Respect diverse beliefs and cultivate the involvement of students, staff, faculty and patients drawn from an array of cultures and heritages.



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