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Provide innovative dental education and deliver the highest degree of patient-centered care and service, while promoting discovery and the generation of knowledge through research, with strong commitments to community engagement, diversity and inclusion.


To be a global leader in dental education, research, patient care and service.


We value excellence through high-quality comprehensive dental care, cutting-edge research and learner-focused education. We support a culture of dignity, respect, support and compassion fostered through a diverse and inclusive environment.

Strategic Plan Overview | Five Goals

These goals, which are highly integrated, will guide UFCD’s decision-making for the next five years toward achieving global eminence in dentistry and oral health.

  1. Goal One: A learner-centered education
  2. Goal Two: Compassionate, patient-centered care
  3. Goal Three: Innovative basic, translational and clinical research
  4. Goal Four: Infrastructure
  5. Goal Five: An inclusive and supportive environment

2019-2024 strategic plan

Downloadable Strategic Plan

Download a PDF of the UF College of Dentistry Strategic Plan

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About the UF College of Dentistry

Original rendering of the tower
Original rendering of the dental tower, in the late ’60s.

Since 1972, the University of Florida College of Dentistry has educated nearly 4,500 dental students, residents and fellows — preparing them to provide comprehensive and specialty care to patients as well as to serve as leaders in their communities and within academia. Our college’s faculty members are not only educators and clinicians, but also leaders in developing knowledge that guides teaching and clinical care. Currently we are ranked fifth among U.S. dental schools receiving grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). Our research environment provides opportunities for students to participate in the thrill of discovery and to learn first-hand how evidence guides care.

Our dental centers in Gainesville, Hialeah, St. Petersburg and Naples featured 148,539 patient visits during fiscal year 2017, offering the highest quality comprehensive care to children and adults. We have a multi-faceted service mission encompassing patient care and community outreach and education. Through the UF Statewide Network for Community Oral Health, we improve access to dental care for Florida’s residents, focusing on vulnerable populations and patients with special health care needs. Our students, residents and faculty also provide free dental treatment to underserved populations during educational service projects at home and abroad.

Our location on the west side of the UF Academic Health Center campus allows meaningful interdisciplinary interactions among the six UF health colleges. Drawing from the strengths of the UF Academic Health Center, we provide a full array of top-rated educational opportunities, ranging from predoctoral education to graduate, specialty and certificate programs, including a DMD/PhD program in biomedical science with a focus on oral biology. UFCD educates future dentists and dental specialists through 16 degree and certificate programs. Within the UF Health environment, students and residents are in close proximity to providers in other health professions, which enriches interdisciplinary clinical learning toward patient-centered care.