About Us

Dental Hygiene Lab

Established in 1967, the Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene at Old Dominion University has an active student community, is engaged in research and embraces interprofessional education (IPE). We offer three programs--an entry-level B.S.D.H., a post-licensure B.S.D.H. and an M.S.D.H.--and we're accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).

Our teaching faculty is comprised of ten full-time faculty, nine of whom hold a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene degree and one DMD in Medical Dentistry. One faculty member has a doctoral degree, three are tenured, four are on a tenure track, and one is on a clinical track. We also employ 10-15 adjunct faculty members during the academic year to teach didactic and clinical courses.


In Grants Funded
For Research and Service-Learning


First Time Pass Rate
On the Dental Hygiene Clinical Board Examinations


Worth of Free Oral Preventive Care Services
Provided to Community Members Annually


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Published by Faculty in 2021-2022

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Awards & Recognitions

Our students, faculty and alumni have been recognized for numerous achievements by the ODU community and beyond.

Research Leaders

With more than $500,000 in funded grants, and numerous publications, our faculty are leaders in the field.

Student Service Community

Dental Hygiene students participate in community service activities locally and abroad.