Departmental Mission

Our mission is to educate dentists for Iowa and beyond through excellence in patient care, education and research.


  • Provide the highest quality education to prepare our dental graduates to deliver general dental care in a changing environment in Iowa and beyond.
  • Maintain a nationally recognized advanced education program in periodontics.
  • Advance research and scholarship in oral, craniofacial and general health.
  • Provide the highest quality of patient care in predoctoral, postdoctoral and faculty clinics.
  • Recruit, retain and nurture a vital, diverse and collegial faculty.
  • Provide a productive and supportive work and learning environment.
  • Serve as a resource to the University, the profession and the state.