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Prepare for Your Dental Career

Challenging curriculum, hands-on training, impactful research

The UCSF School of Dentistry provides a unique balance of clinical excellence, research opportunity and community service as part of one of the leading health science centers in the nation. Established in 1881, the school has a tradition of service, beginning with the provision of care following the 1906 earthquake and fire, strong clinical programs that prepare dentists for the future, and research activities at the vanguard of contemporary science.


The pre-doctoral curriculum is four years in length and covers the broad range of science, art and technology in contemporary dental practice. We believe all UCSF dental graduates deserve mastery in procedural and clinical skills coupled with laser-focused critical thinking to prepare them for the next steps in their career, whether clinical practice, research, academia, public sector, or some combination. Students, faculty and staff work as a team to provide scientifically based patient-centered care. We are proud to develop clinicians who graduate as competent dentists, and as scientists.

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Five Core Curriculum Streams of the DDS Degree

Our curriculum focuses physical evaluation of patients, prevention of oral and dental disorders, disease diagnosis, and therapy.

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Living and Learning in San Francisco

In the City by the Bay, we push the envelope in research, recreation and exploration. Be prepared to be amazed.

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Tour the UCSF Campus

The best way to learn if the UCSF Dentistry program is right for you is to visit. We offer presentations and campus tours on the first Friday of each month at 12:10 p.m. Can't visit in person? Take a virtual tour.

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