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Dental Hygiene

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The University of Michigan (U-M) has been a center of excellence for academics, research, and professional achievement since its founding in 1817. Today, U-M is one of the world's top higher-education institutions, with $1.3 billion in research funding (the #1 public university) and 100 graduate programs in the top ten (U.S. News & World Report, 2014). Michigan also ranks in the top 20 universities worldwide (Times Higher Education global rankings 2014; Shanghai Jiao Tong academic rankings 2014), and its alumni include astronauts, inventors, scientists, and politicians—including a US president.

The U-M School of Dentistry is no exception to this tradition of excellence. The School attracts individuals who go on to make significant contributions to the dental and dental hygiene professions. And, as the nation's second-oldest graduate dental hygiene program, U-M helped set the standard for dental hygiene education, and remains in the forefront of advances in the field.

Michigan offers many benefits not available to students in most other dental hygiene programs. As a U-M dental hygiene student, you will have access to the resources of:

  • University Hospital and dozens of specialty clinics and regional offices in the U-M Health System (UMHS);
  • a world-class medical school;
  • a library system with more than 12 million volumes and 150,000+ serial titles;
  • the 10-million-volume HathiTrust Digital Library;

just to name a few.

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • go on rotations within the Dental School to specialty clinics;
  • learn about real-world hospital dentistry by visiting hospitals.
  • learn from experts in the broader fields of dentistry, public health, and basic sciences, not just dental hygiene; and
  • take many courses together with taught to dental students, providing the opportunity for increased interaction with your future colleagues.

Why a Degree in Dental Hygiene?

Participating in a university-based dental hygiene degree program offers students a far wider range of career possibilities than are available to associate degree holders. U-M Dental Hygiene degree programs in particular provide students with an extended knowledge base and more experiential learning opportunities. And additional degrees qualify students to pursue careers in teaching and research, as well as in clinical practice in school or public health programs.