It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (LLUSD)—one of eight health science schools and several hospitals that comprise Loma Linda University.
Since it opened in 1953, LLU School of Dentistry has educated and inspired oral healthcare professionals to combine clinical excellence with a Christian concern for the total wellbeing of each patient consistent with the School’s motto: “Service is our calling.”
In addition to the doctor of dental surgery degree, LLUSD offers a Bachelor of Science degrees in dental hygiene and advanced education programs in endodontics, implant dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.
LLU School of Dentistry students are encouraged to adopt the love of learning and the spirit of inquiry modeled by its faculty. Because the profession of dentistry is benefiting from the current advances in technology and materials, LLUSD was the first of three American dental schools with a dedicated innovation center—The Hugh Love Center for Research & Education in Technology. This Center, along with an all-new Center for Dental Research, enables our students to achieve a functional familiarity with the leading-edge tools of their profession, a hands-on appreciation for research, and the ability to provide exceptional, research-based oral healthcare. The School’s administration is focused on providing an academic and clinical curriculum that anticipates shifting requirements for the delivery of optimal oral healthcare to a growing, diverse, 21st century patient population.
The School of Dentistry’s curriculum integrates an evidence-based didactic and clinical practicum with classes taught from a Christian perspective that optimize students’ abilities to deliver life-enhancing, whole-person care to patients as well as make positive, extra-professional contributions to their communities. Our growing interprofessional education program familiarizes our students with the various health professions they will consult with or refer to as practitioners.
Linked with interprofessional education are occasions to serve our surrounding communities in various capacities. Students who particularly share the LLU mission will be pleased to know that LLUSD is without peer in the opportunities it provides students for service learning trips both domestic and international.
Robert Handysides, DDS
Dean, School of Dentistry