About Us

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.

Climbing the ranks

The University of Alberta is ranked fourth in Canada and 90th in world, according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings. With approximately 26,000 universities globally, this places the U of A as one of the top one per cent of universities in the world.


The U of A’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is ranked among the top 100 medical schools in the world and top six in Canada (World University Rankings, The Times Education Rankings, QS World University Rankings).


The U of A rated sixth in the world in transplantation according to a new subjects ranking by the Center for World University Rankings.
The U of A is ranked as the 31st most international university in the world for 2017, according to the World University Rankings published by Times Higher Education, ahead of the University of Toronto (32), Harvard (33), Stanford (36) and Princeton (37). The rankings are based on data about international staff, students and publication co-authors, as well as the school’s international reputation.


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 2017 fiscal year:




Total value of research funding to the faculty in 2017: $197.6 million





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.