About the Department
The dentistry programme and research in odontology was established in Umeå in 1956. Although Umeå University was founded in 1963, it was not until the year after that the former College of Dentistry in Umeå joined the university to create its first faculty of odontology. In 1985 the Swedish state and the council for Västerbotten County agreed that the county’s department of oral public health would oversee dental education and research within the areas of clinical odontology. Previously, the Swedish state had its own department of oral public heath concerned with these matters. In 1999, the faculty of medicine and a portion of the faculty of the former College of health, medicine and odontology came together to build the Faculty of Odontology. A large portion of odontological research and education is currently tied to the Department of Odontology.