Why Our Faculty?

Our Faculty

We are the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta, one of the world’s elite academic health sciences centres, where top students are taught by award-winning educators and mentored by renowned scientists in a dynamic learning environment.

We conduct our teaching, research and patient care in accordance with the highest international standards. We work with our partners in education, research and health care for the greater good of the local, regional and global community.

At a Glance

Medical school founded in 1913
Dental school founded in 1917

  • 20 departments
  • 2 stand-alone divisions
  • 8 research groups
  • 15 centres and institutes
  • 6 undergraduate degree programs
  • 3 Diploma/certificate programs
  • 52 medical residency programs
  • 17 PhD programs
  • 13 master's programs

Faculty Highlights

Our medical students consistently score near or at the top on national medical licensing exams. As a group, they scored highest overall on the Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Examination Part 1 in 2011 and 2012.

The John W. Scott Health Sciences Library houses and provides access to a comprehensive collection of materials to support the teaching and research activities of the faculties of medicine and dentistry, pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences, nursing and rehabilitation medicine.

With more than $1 billion in construction and upgrading projects, the faculty is spread across 28 buildings on or near the University of Alberta North Campus, plus clinical teaching/learning sites throughout metro Edmonton and parts of northern Alberta.


The University of Alberta medical school is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

The University of Alberta dental school is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC).


Total gifts and pledges raised in fiscal year 2012 - 2013:



Total value of research funding to the faculty in 2012 - 2013: $131,702,521

  • $29,958,140 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • $2,719,175 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • $2,893,707 from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation 

Programs of Note

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta has more than 50 medical residency approved by Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Centres of Excellence

The Alberta Diabetes Institute, home of the landmark treatment for Type 1 diabetes, the Edmonton Protocol.

The Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology, headed by Michael Houghton, co-discoverer of the Hepatitis C virus and Canada Excellence Research Chair recipient.