The program is an intensive, 12-month curriculum with an emphasis on courses that will strengthen a student’s academic skills and knowledge of the dental health profession, such that they are well positioned for success in dental school.
Another focus of the program is to educate students about public health issues with an emphasis on dental health disparities. It accomplishes this goal by including service learning experiences and having the students take community and public health-oriented courses. These opportunities are designed to increase students’ awareness and understanding of the challenges and values of diverse and underserved populations
These opportunities are aligned with the increasing involvement of dental schools, including Marquette University School of Dentistry, in public health dentistry and rural outreach.