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Department of Dental Medicine

The University of New Mexico's Department of Dental Medicine in Albuquerque provides education and enhanced oral health throughout the state by promoting dental education, research and clinical service. As a student in our program, you'll receive excellent training in dental education, and have opportunities to learn in clinical and community health settings, as well as participate in research to improve oral health in New Mexico.

Poor oral health has been linked to a host of health woes, such as heart disease and diabetes, yet too many New Mexicans fail to receive routine preventive dental care. UNM and community health providers continue to team up to address this problem by incorporating oral health into a team-based primary care setting.

History of Dental Medicine

While the UNM Department of Dental Medicine was formed in 2011, its story began in 1962, with the creation of a dental hygiene program within the UNM Division of Dental Hygiene. In 1999, the university began hiring dentists with the goal of beginning a dental residency, and in 2004, the Division of Dental Services started the first dental residency program in the state. 

Community Outreach

Since its inception, the school has educated the majority of dental hygienists practicing in New Mexico. The Department of Dental Medicine continues to develop interprofessional collaborations with the College of Nursing, Family Medicine and Pediatrics departments, the Center for Development and Disabilities and maternal and infant programs in the belief that dentists own dentistry, but not oral health. 

To request an on-site dental hygienist for your dental health class, group, health fair, career day, or other related outreach, please contact Rebecca Diemer at

Registered Dental Hygienists

The Department of Dental Hygiene at The University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque is the perfect place for Registered Dental Hygienists (RDHs) who are looking to advance their careers and/or procure additional dental hygiene-related certifications.

We offer a Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science degree program, a Master of Science tract, and a Continuing Dental Education program for practicing dental hygienists, dentists, dental technicians and dental assistants. 

For information about degree-seeking programs, both Bachelor of Science degree completion and Master of Science, please contact Rebecca Diemer at ​

State-of-the-Art Dental Clinic

The Novitski Dental Clinic is housed within a newly renovated space in Novitski Hall on UNM's North Campus. The UNM Health Sciences Center continues to invest in academic and clinic programs that benefit our students and the community. Please join us in supporting this initiative to provide quality dental care for New Mexicans with disabilities.