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Faculty of Dentistry

Welcome to the Faculty of Dentistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife webpage! It offers a window into the programs and people of this remarkable Faculty.

The Obafemi Awolowo University Dental School is a place for people who love excellence: people who want to think about how public dental health research and services interact with the wider public health policy, business, information and biomedical technologies. It is also a place where the practice of dentistry is driven by the need to address oral health care as part of the individual’s total health care.

Established in 1975, The Obafemi Awolowo University Dental School is the third oldest continuously operating dental school in the nation. The school beautifully blends its rich tradition with the rapidly evolving technological developments. Its uses a problem-solving approach to teach its clinical courses.

Students undertake a six year training that leads to the award of a Bachelor’s degree in Dentistry.  They spend three preclinical years and three clinical years. During their clinical years, our students conduct public oral health mission programmes, and researches. Most recently, one of our students got the Behavioural Epidemiologic and Health Services Research (BEHSR) Group Award of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). Two others won scholarships to attend the IADR conference in Seattle in 2013 having come 1st and 2nd in the Nigerian Division IADR poster competition. Students have also published their researches in peer reviewed journals and made conference presentations. They are also highly creative, displaying leadership qualities in their various extra-mural activities.

The Faculty has highly dedicated staff with outstanding complimentary capabilities in terms of research, innovation, creativity, ingenuity, clinical practice acumen, and the ability to mobilise resources for its programmes. Its departmental dental education curricula are being replicated in other dental faculties in the country. Its staff continues to provide support for other dental schools in the country as well as provide supportive services for the National and West Africa Postgraduate Colleges. They are also engaged in the formulation and revision of national policies, design and implementation of training programmes, and the regulation of the national dental educational programmes.

I hope that you enjoy your virtual visit to the Faculty of Dentistry through this website. Do feel free to visit the website at anytime. The office of the Dean is open to answer any enquiries you would like to make about the Faculty and its programme.


Olawunmi Fatusi