The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation's leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service. General dental care clinics and specialty clinics providing advanced treatment enable the school to offer dental services and programs to patients throughout Michigan. The dental school of the University of Michigan, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan was established in 1875. It is currently the number one ranked dental school in the U.S. and fifth in the world according to two independent rankings.
Major renovations and expansion started in the fall of 2018. Updates were made to further the school’s state-of-the-art facilities for teaching dental students, serving patients from around Michigan and conducting world-class research that advances the dental profession. House at the University is the Sindecuse Museum of Denistry. One of a few museums of it's type around the world. d within the School of Dentistry, is one of a handful of museums throughout the world devoted to preserving and exhibiting the history of dentistry.
The University of Michigan School of Dentistry touts the academic strength of its students, with a 3.69 average GPA, 21 average DAT score, and six master’s degrees among the 109 enrolled students in its class of 2019. In addition to the DDS, students can pursue other dual degrees including a PhD in oral health sciences or an MBA. Graduate programs are available as well.
In 2018, the school also was one of the top 50 institutions funded by the National Institutes of Health, earning a share of the university’s $227.5 million and 482 awards. Domains include craniofacial, skeletal biology, and disease; cancer biology and therapeutics; tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; and clinical, population, and educational research.
Assistant professor Yu Leo Lei, DDS, PhD, for instance, recently uncovered how head and neck tumors associated with the human papillomavirus suppress the innate immune system. Assistant professor Noriaki Ono, DDS, PhD, has found that mature bone marrow stromal cells metamorphosize to perform like their bone-healing stem-cell cousins, but only after an injury.
“Rankings like the annual QS survey validate the high standards and commitment to excellence that our faculty, staff, and students bring to their academic work and scientific investigations,” said dean Laurie McCauley, DDS, MS, PhD.
“From its early days, the school has broken ground with innovative and important research vital to understanding oral health and, thus, advancing oral health. We strive for our students to have that strong scientific foundation to support their clinical training, so we’re pleased that this latest ranking acknowledges the strength of our programs and research,” McCauley said.