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School ofDental Hygiene

Mission Statement

The mission of the Old Dominion University School of Dental Hygiene is to attract, educate and graduate men and women who are prepared intellectually, technically and ethically to meet the oral health care challenges of the 21st century. We are committed to excellence in dental hygiene education, practice, public health, management and research. Our purpose is to create an educational environment at both the baccalaureate and master's levels that fosters the development of life-long learning, outstanding citizens and leaders, and oral health care professionals who can provide ethical, comprehensive care to diverse population groups collaboratively in a variety of settings. To achieve this mission, the School recognizes and supports efforts for personal and professional growth of the faculty and students.


Dental Hygienist Student

Community Outreach


Old Dominion University School of Dental Hygiene is dedicated to providing health promotion and disease prevention activities to the diverse populations in Hampton Roads Communities. Through outreach and service, students and faculty provide oral screenings, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, oral radiographs and patient education.

Continuing Education

Winter Weekend 2010

The Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene is committed to providing you with educational experiences that meet state licensure requirements and that are relevant to your needs for practice. We are pleased to serve as an educational resource for your continuing competency and lifelong learning.

International Partnerships


Old Dominion University School of Dental Hygiene is partnering with Physicians for Peace and the University of Nicaragua-León Dental School to establish the first dental hygiene education program in Central America.

Outstanding Alumni

Linda Fox Rohrer

Each year the School recognizes an outstanding alumnus selected from among graduates of the undergraduate or graduate program.

Points of Pride

Kaufman Mall Monarch Statue

Grants, Patents, Publications, and other Recognitions of excellence of people involved with the G.W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene.

Research Center

Health Sciences Student Conducts Research

The Dental Hygiene Research Center plays a key role in exposing both undergraduate and graduate students to research activities, which contributes to the student's understanding of the link between theory and practice.