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Dentistry is an integral and specialized aspect of health care. Dentists are sometimes the first health care professional to spot signs of disease. For example, they may find nutritional deficiencies and signs of potential cancers, diabetes and infections linked to heart disease, strokes and more.

UC Schools of Dentistry prepare oral health students to meet the demands of diverse patients. This includes a significant portion of Californians without adequate dental care access.

An estimated 2.2 million Californians live in areas designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). Many of California's HPSAs are in the Northern and Sierra counties, Central Valley, Central Coast and Inland Empire.

Leading California — and the Nation

Our dental schools are among the top programs in the world, according to QS World University Rankings. They offer cross-disciplinary research opportunities across the University of California in cancer, bioengineering, craniofacial sciences and more.


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UC Students Studying

Systemwide Expertise Across California

By receiving training in a system with six highly respected academic health centers, our dental students also have opportunities to advance their career within the UC family. Whether our oral health graduates pursue private practice or another path, they can draw from a system of UC alumni that spans the entire state and beyond.

Explore patient care within our six academic health centers

UCSF Research

Using Research to Inform Patient Care

In addition to patient care and education, investigators in our Schools of Dentistry conduct basic and translational science, clinical services research and educational research to transform clinical practice and dental education. Cross-institutional research with our fellow UC health professional schools and academic health centers is a key component of our overall research.

See how University of California Health is challenging the status quo through innovative research