Department of Dentistry Objectives
112 General Information (See Addenda (November 20, 2013))
The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Alberta was established in 1913 and until 1922 conducted a three-year undergraduate medical program in the basic medical sciences.
In 1923, a full program of clinical instruction began, and the first Doctor of Medicine (MD) degrees were awarded in 1925.
Dental education was instituted at the University of Alberta in 1917 in the School of Dentistry under the Faculty of Medicine. The first full degree program was offered in 1923, and the first class graduated in 1927. The School became the Faculty of Dentistry in 1944. Dental Auxiliary training was instituted in 1961. In 1962, the School of Dental Hygiene came into being. A program of graduate studies was formally approved in 1962.
In 1996, the Faculty of Dentistry was merged with the Faculty of Medicine to become the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
All students attending the University of Alberta shall use Universal Precautions for blood, body fluids, and tissues at all times within the educational setting to lessen their risk of acquiring or transmitting bloodborne infection from/to another person. These precautions entail the avoidance of direct contact with the blood, blood products, tissues and other body fluids of another person.
The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry conducts the following programs:
A fully accredited four-year program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. At least two pre-medical years at university are required before admission to this program.
A program whereby students in the MD program who fulfil specified requirements in research may receive the degree of Doctor of Medicine “with Special Training in Research.”
A four-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science, which may be entered after a preprofessional year.
A program whereby students in Medical Laboratory Science who fulfil specified requirements in research may receive the degree of Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science “with Honors in Research.”
A program whereby students in the MD Program who fulfil specified requirements may be awarded the Bachelor of Medical Science degree at the conclusion of their second year in the MD program.
At the graduate level, programs leading to the degree of Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy. Also programs leading to the degree of Master of Public Health (formerly, Master of Health Service Administration) or the Diploma in Health Service Administration.
Programs leading to accreditation by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Programs leading to eligibility for specialist qualification, in all clinical specialties, by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada are offered in cooperation with affiliated hospitals.
An extensive program of continuing medical education for physicians practising in northern Alberta.
A program whereby students obtain both the MD degree and PhD degree to prepare them for a career as a clinician-scientist.
See §114 for details of programs of study.
A program of combined study which permits highly qualified students to earn both the MD and MBA degrees within five years.
An accredited four-year program leading to the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). At least two pre-dental years at university are required before admission to this program.
A Bachelor of Medical Science degree that students registered in the DDS program may apply for after successfully completing the first two years of the DDS program.
A two-year Advanced Placement program leading to a degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS). Applicants must posses a dental degree from a dental program recognized by the World Health Organization.
An accredited two-year program leading to the Diploma in Dental Hygiene. One pre-dental hygiene year at the postsecondary level is required before admission to this program.
A BSc (Dental Hygiene Specialization) degree which is direct entry upon successful completion of the University of Alberta Dental Hygiene Diploma Program.
A BSc (Dental Hygiene Specialization) post-diploma degree completion program. Primary requirement is successful completion of an approved accredited Canadian or international dental hygiene diploma program.
MSc and PhD degrees in Medical Sciences (Dentistry).
MSc and PhD degrees and certificate in Medical Sciences (Orthodontics).
The Department of Dentistry sponsors a wide variety of continuing dental education opportunities throughout the year through the Continuing Dental Education program. Courses are offered both on campus and occasionally at other sites within the province. Annually, thousands of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and others participate in the many lectures, hands-on clinical and laboratory type courses that are offered. Local and visiting speakers of national and international reputation provide continuing education of a high quality.
See §114 for details of programs of study.
112.1 Department of Dentistry Objectives
To provide an academic and intellectual milieu in a university setting that facilitates all aspects of education and research in dentistry and allied health and scientific fields by
To contribute to and incorporate the advancement of knowledge in dentistry and allied fields by doing research, publishing research papers, and communicating and interacting with
To deliver undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate oral health education to prepare students to meet the challenges of rapid knowledge and technology advancements, changing demographics, shifting oral health priorities and globalization.
To provide the opportunity and stimulus for continued learning through postgraduate, graduate, research, and continuing education programs.
To serve as a partner with the private-practice community, community health centres and hospital clinics to address the problem of some groups having less access to care - including those with specific health care needs, low-income groups, under-represented minorities and those who live in underserviced rural and urban communities.