The Faculty of Odontology is one of six faculties at the University of Iceland School of Health Sciences. The other faculties are the Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, and Faculty of Psychology.
The Faculty of Odontology offers vigorous teaching in odontology, and in the autumn of 2009, a BS programme in Dental Technology commenced.
Icelanders can be proud of having amongst the best-educated and most skilled dentistry profession in the world. Icelandic students of odontology are highly desirable abroad, and have done well in graduate studies overseas. In an age of technology and information in the field of dentistry, it is important to maintain knowledge and follow the times. The Faculty of Odontology offers in-service education courses for graduates candidates, which have been well attended.
The faculty’s dentistry practice (clinic) provides the public and dentists with both general and specialised services. The dentistry practice is a teaching institution, much like the hospitals are for the practical training of other health professions. The difference is that the University of Iceland pays the full cost of educating odontology students, whereas the cost of practical training for other health professions is part of the operational costs of the hospitals. A small fee is taken for all services provided to patients who come to the dentistry practice.
In collaboration with the Faculty of Odontology teaching is offered in dental nursing.
The faculty’s clinical teaching is comparative on an international scale in accordance with peer review, as many lecturers have undertaken their graduate studies at many of the best odontology institutes in the United States and in Europe.
The Faculty of Odontology provides the health authorities and general public with advice and consultation, and contributes to the in-service training of dentists, as well as doing its part for international relief work.