Since its founding in 1905, The University of Texas School of Dentistry (UTSD) at Houston has graduated more than 11,000 dentists, dental hygienists and postgraduate specialists. The school joined UT System in 1943 and became part of UT Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) in 1972. UTHealth is the most comprehensive academic health university in Texas, uniting schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, public health, biomedical sciences and biomedical informatics.
Currently, the School of Dentistry offers 10 accredited programs: DDS, dental hygiene, two primary care general residency programs, and six specialty programs, including endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry and prosthodontics. The school also offers two oral and maxillofacial surgery certificate programs, including one leading to an MD degree at UT Medical School at Houston.
UTSD students gain clinical skills in on-site clinics, at affiliated hospitals and through community outreach projects. The School of Dentistry has affiliations with Houston-area hospitals, school districts throughout the Greater Houston Area, and a wide variety of clinics, community organizations and long-term health care centers. As the only dental school in southeast Texas, the UTSD 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:
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