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Community Outreach

Community service is an integral component of the Detroit Mercy Dental's mission to develop socially and ethically sensitive dental professionals. The Division of Dental Public Health is responsible for engaging students in a variety of activities including oral health education, comprehensive and preventative programs and targeting underserved populations.

Throughout the year, there are a variety of outreach initiatives available for student involvement, but our commitment to the community is much greater than that; in fact, it is embedded in our curriculum.  Since 2006 we have been cultivating a Community Based Dental Education (CBDE) course to provide students with unique experiences, making a difference in underserved communities throughout Michigan.

Service to the community is much more than the activity itself — it is about meeting the needs in the community through direct patient care, enabling students to help others and to give of themselves.  Furthermore, it provides multicultural experiences which enhances students' awareness and sensitivity to a culturally-diverse population.  

Service Learning:

  • Mobile Programs
    Mobile Programs
    Titans for Teeth Mobile Dental Clinic & Shield a Smile Sealant Program Learn more
  • Community Based Dental Education
    Community Based Dental Education
    Students treat patients at partner clinics in under-served communities Learn more
  • Outreach Initiatives
    Outreach Initiatives
    Throughout the year, students have many opportunities to engage in a variety of outreach initiatives Learn more

Pipeline Programs:

  • Predental Programs
    Predental Programs
    opportunities to meet various dental specialists and professionals to discuss a variety of dental specialties and review case studies. Learn more
  • Summer Enrichment Program
    Summer Enrichment Program
    This program provides educational and professional development experiences for underrepresented minorities and/or disadvantaged students Learn more
  • Dental Imprint Program
    Dental Imprint Program
    This program offers preliminary dental education, primary care exposure, and a tour of the School of Dentistry Learn more
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