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Vision, Mission and Core Values


The University of Mississippi School of Dentistry will be a nationally recognized center of excellence in dental education, patient care, research, and services in order to improve health outcomes and eliminate dental health care disparities for the citizens of Mississippi.


The mission of the School of Dentistry is to foster an environment of lifelong learning, collaborative teaching, service, and research through partnerships within the Medical Center and with community organizations and dental health practitioners throughout the State of Mississippi. The school is committed to acquiring and retaining a diverse community of students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff which exemplifies qualities of leadership and dedication in preparing competent, ethical dental health professionals for the state of Mississippi and who work to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities.

Core Values

  • Integrity
    Honesty and fairness in our actions
    Building trust within our relationships
    Courage to do "what is right"
  • Professionalism
    Ethical conduct, character and spirit for the advancement of our professions
  • Caring
    Concern for and recognizing the needs of others
    Kindness and compassion shown in all interactions
  • Diversity
    Accepting our differences while working together as a cohesive group and recognizing the value and strength derived through diversity
  • Leadership
    Willingness to take responsibility
    Creating a vision, setting goals to make a difference
  • Research
    Promotion of innovative research by faculty and students
  • Excellence
    Realize and commit to our full potential
    Achievement and performance set to the highest standards
    Collaborative teaching within the Medical Center
  • Continuous Improvement
    Dedication to lifelong learning while recognizing the need to change for improvement
    Establishing and monitoring goals to enhance our value to the profession and the citizens of Mississippi