As a College we exhibit traditional values of scholarly work, a learning community, and academic freedom. As a College of Dental Medicine, we recognize that oral health care is the practice of medicine and surgery and is integrated into all other aspects of health care. The degree D.M.D. reflects doctoral level of knowledge and skills and recognizes that oral health care is not surgical care alone but includes the behavioral, social, and medical management aspects of oral diseases.
The integration of oral health into human health requires dentists who are capable of performing at the highest level in an ever more complex and demanding environment of emerging technology, social change, human disease management, and evolving health systems. The CNUCDM is developing a curriculum with four basic themes into which all didactic and clinical content will be served. These four themes are: Human Systems, Odontology, Oral and Maxillofacial Studies, and Behavioral and Social Sciences. The CNUCDM will develop clinical delivery programs at the highest level on campus and across the region with health system partners that promote preventative health strategies, and value-based care in a health science educational model. These programs will be integrated to the greatest extent with other health resources within health systems and in the community beyond.