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Dental Hygiene


"Diverse community... advanced curriculum...unique environment...good opportunities for research...great clinics, great faculty, great fellow students...."

These are just a few of the representative comments from current U-M Dental Hygiene students. It is not surprising that U-M's Dental Hygiene Program receives such high praise: our program is the second-oldest in the nation, and played a significant role in shaping the profession as we know it today.

What our bachelor’s graduates are saying

My Michigan degree…

“…propelled me to the national stage where I served as past-president of the National Dental Hygienists’ Association and am currently a trustee in the organization. My BS degree also prepared me to teach clinical dental hygiene where I am in my 15th year of being an adjunct clinical instructor at U-M and helping to prepare the next generation of U-M dental hygiene professionals. And finally, my U-M degree has provided me the opportunity to become the U-M DH diversity and inclusion recruiter seeking out the next generation of leaders & best”

Juana Gissendanner, RDH, BSDH (1988)

“…prepared me with the knowledge and skills to be an oral health leader in clinical research, public health, and education. My BS degree nurtured my passion for oral health and provided me with opportunities to work outside of the traditional private practice setting, first as a clinical research dental hygienist at the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research and currently at Covenant Community Care as the School Based Coordinator providing preventative care to children in under-served communities”

Elizabeth Easter, RDH, BSDH (2012)

What our Degree Completion graduates are saying

“Having the opportunity to get an undergraduate degree through Michigan's Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Program was the springboard that started a personal and professional growth process. I gained self-confidence and leadership skills, met challenging deadlines, and achieved goals. As a result, I pursued an online Master’s Degree in Health Informatics, and I now have a new career in this field. ”

-Jodie Condon, RDH, BSDH (2010), MS

What our Master’s graduates are saying

“The master’s program in dental hygiene was the gateway to a lifelong career in dental and dental hygiene academics for me. The program prepared me for the many aspects of education including how to function in an academic setting. Most importantly, my Michigan professors made it clear that excellence, honor, and integrity were expected. I carried this with me as I began my career first in California and now in Oregon. It wasn’t overt content, but it was very much present and it was role-modeled for me on a daily basis. Today we call it professionalism.”

-Phyllis Beemsterboer, MSDH (1973)