Mission, Vision and Core Values

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Mission, Vision and Core Values


The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry advances health through scientific discovery, innovative education, and the highest-quality care for all communities.


The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry leads the profession into the future of comprehensive healthcare.

Core Values:

  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Leadership
  • Pursuit of Knowledge
  • Respect
  • Service to All Communities 


  • The School of Dentistry recruits, matriculates and retains quality, diverse students to all educational programs.
  • The School of Dentistry presents quality educational programs incorporating new and appropriate knowledge, technology and skills. These programs ensure student learning resulting in graduates competent in their respective fields. The goal of the predoctoral dental program is to prepare graduates who possess the knowledge, skills and values to begin the practice of general dentistry.
  • The School of Dentistry devotes time and resources to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge.
  • The School of Dentistry serves as a source of continuing education to the dental profession and a resource to the local and global communities.
  • The School of Dentistry reviews its strategic direction, consistent with those of the University of Minnesota, on a systematic and ongoing basis including regular assessment of its strategic progress.
  • The School of Dentistry provides quality, patient centered, oral health care within its clinics and its community.
  • The School of Dentistry supports faculty, staff and students with a congenial, well-functioning and pleasant working environment.
  • The School of Dentistry is fiscally responsible.
  • The School of Dentistry provides for faculty development through mentoring in teaching, research and service.
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  • The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer
  • Last modified on November 19, 2014