Mission, Vision and Core Values

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Mission, Vision and Core Values


The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry improves oral and craniofacial health by educating clinicians and scientists who translate knowledge and experience into clinical practice.

The School is committed to:

  • graduating professionals who provide the highest quality care and service to the people of the state of Minnesota and the world;
  • discovering new knowledge through research, which will inspire innovation in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and
  • providing oral health care to a diverse patient population in a variety of settings.


The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry sets the standard for the rest of the world.

Core Values:

  • Excellence in all we do
  • Strong sense of vision and purpose
  • Serve the community/contribute to society
  • Continual pursuit of knowledge
  • Respect for the individual
  • Personal and institutional integrity


  • The SOD recruits, matriculates and retains quality, diverse students to all educational programs.
  • The SOD 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 SOD devotes time and resources to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge.
  • The SOD serves as a source of continuing education to the dental profession and a resource to the local and global communities.
  • The SOD 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 SOD provides quality, patient centered, oral health care within its clinics and its community.
  • The SOD supports faculty, staff and students with a congenial, well-functioning and pleasant working environment.
  • The SOD is fiscally responsible.
  • The SOD 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 April 17, 2013