Dental Hygiene Undergraduate Program (BS)

2-year full-time Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science with a broad-based education in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences, preparing students for the practice of contemporary dental hygiene and for leadership roles in oral healthcare of the future.

Dental Hygiene Degree Completion (BS)

Online (via E-Learning) or On Campus options for licensed dental hygienists who are pursuing a Dental Hygiene Bachelor of Science Degree.

Dental Hygiene Graduate Program (MS)

A two year program that provides opportunities to conduct research in basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences and to serve the university, the profession, and the community.

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WHY MICHIGAN?

The University of Michigan (U-M) has been a center of excellence for academics, research, and professional achievement since its founding in 1817. Today, U-M is one of the world's top higher-education institutions.

The U-M School of Dentistry is no exception to this tradition of excellence. The School attracts individuals who go on to make significant contributions to the dental and dental hygiene professions. And, as the nation's second-oldest graduate dental hygiene program, U-M helped set the standard for dental hygiene education, and remains in the forefront of advances in the field.

Michigan offers many benefits not available to students in most other dental hygiene programs. As a U-M dental hygiene student, you will have access to the resources of:

  • University Hospital and dozens of specialty clinics and regional offices in the U-M Health System (UMHS)
  • a world-class medical school
  • a library system with more than 12 million volumes and 150,000+ serial titles
  • the 10-million-volume HathiTrust Digital Library

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • go on rotations within the Dental School to specialty clinics
  • learn about real-world hospital dentistry by visiting hospitals
  • learn from experts in the broader fields of dentistry, public health, and basic sciences, not just dental hygiene
  • take many courses together with taught to dental students, providing the opportunity for increased interaction with your future colleagues

WHY A DEGREE IN DENTAL HYGIENE?

Participating in a university-based dental hygiene degree program offers students a far wider range of career possibilities than are available to associate degree holders. U-M Dental Hygiene degree programs in particular provide students with an extended knowledge base and more experiential learning opportunities. And additional degrees qualify students to pursue careers in teaching and research, as well as in clinical practice in school or public health programs.

VALUE OF A U-M DEGREE

A Michigan degree opens doors

It's not just a slogan.

  • U-M's dental hygiene programs are part of a nationally recognized dental school at a top research university.
  • Hiring managers know that U-M graduates are well educated and well prepared for the responsibilities of their new career.
  • Graduate admissions counselors know that U-M students will be successful in master's and doctoral programs because of the excellent grounding they received as undergrads.
  • As a U-M degree holder, you will be joining one of the world's largest living alumni bodies, with 500,000+ grads in more than 100 countries around the world.
  • You'll also be part of the Dental Hygiene "family," where you will develop lifelong relationships.

Michigan alumni have sat in the Oval Office, walked on the moon, won Nobel prizes, earned Rhodes and Marshall scholarships, and led Fortune 500 companies. Your University of Michigan degree will give you the background and experience you need to achieve success in your chosen profession.

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DENTAL HYGIENE PROFILES

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Academic Programs

DENTAL HYGIENE (BS)

An entry level program, allowing the exploration of all roles of the dental hygienist.

DENTAL HYGIENE DEGREE COMPLETION

Designed for students who either have an associate's degree or certificate, or who have completed some (but not all) of the coursework for a bachelor's degree. Offered either online or on campus.

DENTAL HYGIENE (MS)

A two year program that provides opportunties to conduct research in basic, behavioral, and clinical sciences and to serve the university, the profession, and the community. Offered either online or on campus.

Employment opportunities for dental hygienists have never been better. An increased number of dental insurance plans, greater awareness of the importance of oral hygiene, and an expansion of the role and function of the dental hygienist means a higher employment growth rate than is likely for many other occupations.

The majority of hygienists are employed in private dental offices, although an increasing number are working in public health agencies, school systems, industrial firms, clinics, hospitals, universities, and research organizations. Specific responsibilities of the hygienist vary with the setting and with the laws of the state in which the hygienist is employed. Typically, hygienists in private practice will provide the following services:

  • oral prophylaxis (removing deposits and stains from teeth)
  • exposing, processing, and mounting radiographs (x-rays)
  • instructing in preventive dental care
  • counseling on diets
  • applying dental sealants and fluoride
  • taking medical and dental histories

Within school systems, hygienists function in two roles: clinicians and educators. As clinicians, they conduct dental screening examinations, participate in dental surveys and follow-up studies, and provide oral prophylaxes. Expansion of the educator role presents the hygienist with the opportunity to develop and implement classroom programs on oral health and to serve as a consultant to teachers on dental health education.

Dental hygienists in public health agencies typically have clinical, consultative, supervisory, and/or administrative responsibilities. These responsibilities include:

  • application of topical fluorides
  • demonstration of new dental preventive methods and procedures
  • assistance in planning, organizing, and conducting community dental health programs
  • participation as dental health advisers in community health activities
  • service as liaisons with agencies to help channel funds from various sources to specified recipient groups

Dental hygiene is a licensed profession. Following graduation from an accredited program, dental hygienists will be required to demonstrate proficiency by successful completion of a board examination that includes both written and clinical practice sections. The license to practice dental hygiene is issued by the state board of dentistry in the state where the hygienist is employed.

The University of Michigan Student Chapter of the American Dental Hygienists' Association

The purpose of this organization is to acquaint the hygiene students with their professional organization of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA). ADHA is the largest professional association representing all dental hygienists. Membership is open to all dental hygiene students. Dues are paid in the fall semester of each year.

Dental hygiene students can apply for a student membership in the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA), the official organization of the dental hygiene profession. The University of Michigan Dental Hygiene Program has an ADHA Student Chapter and those enrolled in all programs are invited to this group’s events. Student members receive all the benefits of full membership, plus additional opportunities for personal and professional development including resources for scholarships and grants, National Board prep, and continuing education. The ADHA website has more information.

Upon graduation from an accredited program in dental hygiene you are eligible to become professional members of ADHA. Professional membership has all the benefits of student membership, and many more.

Student Council

The Student Council has the responsibility of providing a means of communication among individual students, various organizations in the dental school community, and between students and faculty. Student Council members are selected by general class election.

The Student Council attempts to conceive, plan, and execute appropriate projects for the good of the dental school community and the profession as a whole.

Honor Council

The Honor System is one expression of the high degree of personal and professional integrity for dental and dental hygiene students. The Honor Council determines policies governing all aspects of the Honor System and acts as a judicial body on any infractions of the Honor System. The Council tries cases of student offenders and issues warnings or makes recommendations to the executive committee on the disposition of student violations. Eleven representatives, two elected from each class of dental students, one elected from each class of dental hygiene students, and two faculty advisors, make up the Honor Council.

Johnathan Taft Honorary Dental Society

The Taft Society attempts to uphold the integrity, accomplishments, and professional values of the first dean, Jonathan Taft. The Taft Society is a volunteer organization open to both dental and dental hygiene students of all levels. The Taft Society is mainly a service-oriented group which sponsors activities of value to the students and the community.

Christian Medical/Dental Society (CMDS)

Founded in 1931, the CMDS serves as a voice and ministry of Christian doctors. This organization is open to all dental and dental hygiene students.

American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD)

The AAPHD U-M Chapter was created in January of 2010 for those interested in public health and public policy. The mission is to create a sustainable relationship with the underserved community in Washtenaw County to promote oral health, prevent disease, and reduce disparities in oral health status and promote public health science as a vital part of dental education. Focus of this association is on education, outreach, and interacting with some of the most well respected public health professionals in the world. This group is open to anyone in the School of Dentistry.

American Dental Education Association

This organization is open to both dental and dental hygiene students of all levels. The objectives of the ADEA U-M School of Dentistry Student Organization are to:

  • Support core values, mission, and strategic direction of ADEA
  • Provide effective student input into both dental and allied dental education
  • Promote the advancement of dental education by providing student input into and involvement with ADEA activities
  • Stimulate students to assume roles in dental and allied dental education and research
  • Work in partnership with other student organizations to promote their involvement in the advancement of dental education.

Scholars Program in Dental Leadership (SPDL)

The University of Michigan School of Dentistry is one of the nation's leading dental schools engaged in oral health care education, research, patient care and community service. To fulfill each of these goals requires vision and leadership. The mission of the University of Michigan’s Scholars Program in Dental Leadership (U-M SPDL) is to facilitate these goals by providing dental and dental hygiene students with skill sets that empower visions through leadership training and provision of the opportunity to exercise these skills. This program will target pre-doctoral dental and dental hygiene students to facilitate the development of leaders in the dental profession. The program is intended to capitalize on human potential by developing a leadership mindset through activities such as coaching and counseling for maximal performance, fostering the power of working together and managing change.

Sigma Phi Alpha

Sigma Phi Alpha is the national dental hygiene honor society, and student election to it is limited to 10 percent of each graduating class. Candidates are selected on the basis of scholarship, character, and potential for professional leadership. Read more about Sigma Phi Alpha at U-M Dentistry.

Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society

DENTAL HYGIENE DIRECTORY

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Name Sort descending Contact
Dodge, Lisa D
(ldodge)
734-763-3392
ldodge@umich.edu
Student Administration Assistant Senior
I began my career as the Administrative Assistant/Academic Advisor for the Dental Hygiene Program in the spring of 1998. I have the great pleasure of assisting students as they prepare to enter all three of our Dental Hygiene Programs, help them navigate the rigors of day-to-day life as a student, and celebrate their many accomplishments along the way. Additionally, I provide administrative support to the faculty in the Division of Dental Hygiene. In 2006 I was inducted into Nu Chapter, Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Honor Society as an honorary member. I also received the University of Michigan Spirit of Excellence Award for outstanding service to the University in 2006 and in 2016 I received the Candace J. Johnson Award for Staff Excellence. In my free time, I enjoy camping, biking, and spending time with my family.
Eagle, Iwonka Theresa
(ilenda)
734-615-8507
ilenda@umich.edu
Clinical Assistant Professor of Dentistry
In 2000 I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology and began working in research at the Karmanos Cancer Center. My interest in oral health was sparked shortly thereafter while working as a dental assistant and it led me to pursue a career in dental hygiene. I completed my dental hygiene studies in 2004 at the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. I began working in clinical private practice, then returned to U-M and in 2014 graduated with a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree. In addition to being an educator as a clinical assistant professor, I am involved in clinical research through the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research. I am deeply interested in clinical education and research and advocating for interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as the advancement of our dental hygiene profession. I am a member of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Education Association.
Haddlesey, Christopher Brian
(haddle)
734-763-3392
haddle@umich.edu
Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in Dentistry
I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 after studying English Education, Music Education, and Trombone Performance. Part of my training was working as a Peer Consultant in the Sweetland Center for Writing, which eventually evolved into my role as the eHygiene Tutor, teaching grammar and style techniques to postgraduate students from the Michigan School of Dentistry’s Division of Dental Hygiene. My research interests include communication sciences, educational psychology, and musical cryptography. I spend the rest of my time editing full-time at a local healthcare company and part-time at a not-so-local economics company. I am grateful for the chance to share my writing knowledge and medical journal experience with the next generation of dental hygienists.

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CONTACT

Student Administration Assistant Senior
734-763-3392 | ldodge@umich.edu