Mission, Vision and Goals Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the Indiana University School of Dentistry (IUSD) is to advance the oral and systemic health of the people of the State of Indiana and globally through excellence in teaching and learning, research and creative activities, patient care, civic engagement and service.

Vision Statement

To be one of the best Dental Schools for the 21st Century.


Teaching and Learning

  • Attract and support a well prepared and diverse student population for all IUSD oral health profession programs.
  • Enhance student learning and develop graduates who are competent clinicians, critical thinkers and lifelong learners who are ethical, socially aware, and culturally sensitive oral health professionals.
  • Attract and retain quality faculty and provide support to enhance effective teaching and learning in clinical, laboratory, classroom, and service-learning settings.

Research and Creative Activities

  • Excel in high-quality, innovative research and scholarly activities, which engage faculty, students and staff, attract external funding, increase our national standing, and lead to improvements in oral and systemic health.

Patient Care

  • Provide comprehensive, evidence-based, quality oral health services to individuals from any socioeconomic or cultural group.

Civic Engagement and Service

  • Serve local, state, national, and global communities through partnerships involving clinical care, service-learning, and community engaged scholarship in addition to serving the university and the profession.


Approved by IUSD Faculty Council 12/2017