Our Plan

The School of Dentistry has a strong history of change. The 2011 - 2012 move to three buildings creates both new challenges, and continues a long history of evolution, as it is the beginning of the fourth major milestone. For example, the initial steps were taken in 1916 towards the formation of what is now the School of Dentistry. Since that time there have been three major periods of change in clinical capacity (1922 - 47; 1948 - 59; and 1960-present), as well as the improvements in research capacity and community service. The University of Alberta was the first, and until 1957 the only university providing dental education in Western Canada. The School became a full partner in an integrated Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in 2005, which enabled the continuation of the School.

Strategic planning helps to keep a group focused on a few priority areas, and make steady progress toward a long term vision. The School’s current Strategic Plan covers the time period 2016 - 2020.

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Our Vision Our Plan

The School of Dentistry serves the well-being of society through the transmission of knowledge (education), the pursuit of truth and knowledge (research), and public service (community outreach). The School supports the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the University of Alberta in its vision to be recognized leaders investing in education, research and service. It is through this that we will achieve our vision of becoming a top tier school in Canada and beyond.

Girl working on a dental moldEducation

In an environment of shifting oral health priorities and globalization, we deliver undergraduate, post-graduate and graduate oral health education to prepare students to meet the challenges they will face throughout their professional lives. We encourage discovery and citizenship by providing meaningful and motivating student learning experiences that focuses on patient care.

We will achieve the above through flawless curriculum based on patient-centred care; diverse learning and teaching opportunities; student feedback programs; and new graduate and postgraduate programs.


The generation, translation and utilization of research is essential both for developing the critical thinking skills needed for long term professional success, and for advancing our profession in the promotion of oral health and the prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

We will progress in the area of research through a variety of research programs led by our faculty. We aim to achieve recognized and respected research capacity spanning all four CHIR health research pillars (Biomedical, Clinical, Health Systems Services, and Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health). A particular focus will be on the Study of Inflammatory Oral Disease (e.g. Periodontitis) and their links with other Systemic Diseases (Cardiovascular and Diabetes), to bring an integrated approach to areas of excellence in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

lady in wheelchair with dentistsCommunity Outreach

We recognize and embrace our role for enriching the professional dental community and improving the overall health and well-being of Albertans. We will be a key source for information and education on oral health in our communities, in our province and beyond. We serve as a partner with the private practice community, community health centres and hospital clinics in addressing their access to care problems and recognize the role we play in promoting and advocating for global oral health.

We will position the School in the community, and enrich our students and faculty, by addressing, building and continuing to offer dental education, evidence based knowledge and collaborative relationships. We will build programs that focus on underserviced populations and in global oral healthcare our focus is on providing educational assistance in developing nations.

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