Since its inception in 1968, the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine has been a prominent leader in dental education, research, patient care and community outreach which benefits both public and professional constituencies at local, regional, national and international levels.
As Connecticut’s only public school of dentistry, the School of Dental Medicine commits to providing predoctoral educational opportunities for qualified Connecticut residents who desire to become broadly competent general practitioners of dental medicine capable of meeting the oral health care needs of all the State’s citizens. The School of Dental Medicine also offers postdoctoral training in all accredited dental education programs and attracts applicants who seek to combine clinical training with doctoral level studies in the basic biomedical and behavioral sciences, in preparation for careers in academic dentistry.
Building on its educational commitments, the School of Dental Medicine provides quality, comprehensive oral care and promotes the concept of wellness – the preservation of health and prevention of disease. To support this mission the dental school faculty act as a referral and consultation resource for Connecticut’s health care providers and assist community-based programs that enhance the quality and availability of oral health care to all.
Both education and patient care occur in an atmosphere that supports and values the creation of knowledge through basic translational and clinically-applied research in the physical, biomedical and behavioral sciences. The commitment to research is enhanced by an atmosphere in which basic and behavioral sciences and clinical research are integrated into UConn Health’s exciting academic environment.
The School is an integral member of the UConn Health complex which is a vibrant organization composed of the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, The Graduate School, John Dempsey Hospital, UConn Medical Group, UConn Health Partners and University Dentists. UConn Health's 206-acre campus is situated around a wooded hilltop in the beautiful, historic community of Farmington. From this vantage point, the skyline of Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, can be seen about eight miles to the east. The University's main campus is in Storrs, about 30 miles east of Hartford. With approximately 5,000 employees, UConn Health is Connecticut's 16th largest employer and an important contributor to the local and regional economy.
From UConn Health's campus in Farmington, it is only a short drive to the best that New England has to offer in scenery, recreation, and charm. The school is also fortunate to be part of a dynamic university system that offers nationally ranked academic programs, breathtaking cultural enlightenment, unprecedented achievements in athletic excellence and campuses that are graced by the designs of international architects.