Dean's Message

Faculty, student and staff of the College of Dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago are extremely proud to be a community, committed to excellent patient care, the creation of new knowledge and engagement with community partners. We offer programs that develop oral health leaders who will make the inter-professional decisions necessary for the contemporary and future health care needs of Illinois and the nation.

As one of the six health science colleges situated on the west campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the College is at the center of a dynamic academic and clinical urban health enterprise. Our faculty includes leaders in dental education, contemporary patient care, and clinical and translational science. Students who pursue predoctoral and post graduate degrees have access to faculty mentors who are at the forefront of dental education and research.

Our predoctoral DMD is a nationally recognized curriculum that is driven by students through small group learning sessions. These sessions promote student learning using patient scenarios purposely designed to address each of the faculty-identified learning objectives. The predoctoral patient care curriculum provides broad and excellent experiences in the various fields of dentistry. Our students also gain valuable experiences in our carefully selected community-based clinics. In the fourth year there is also the opportunity for students to participate in special tracks devoted to public health, early specialization, comprehensive general practice and research. Our students may also participate in teaching in our prepatient care courses as well as being facilitators in the small group learning setting.

We offer premier programs in our predoctoral, post graduate and graduate degree offerings. Each program is founded on the best available evidence and focused on student learning. The programs are led by outstanding faculty members who are dedicated to assuring each student engages in an interactive learning environment based on attainment of competency.

I invite you to explore our website to find out more about the excellent work our faculty and staff pursue. As a College, we continue to strive to be a leader in education, patient care and oral health research.

G. William Knight, D.D.S., M.S., M.S.
Interim Dean