Date of Award

Fall 2011

Degree Type

Professional Project

Degree Name

Masters in Leadership Studies


College of Professional Studies


The purpose of this study is to determine if the service-learning aspect of Marquette’s dental education enhances the dental students’ knowledge of the barriers to access to dental care for underserved populations. The goal of this study is to obtain feedback about service-learning in the MUSoD curriculum and disseminate the findings to others who teach service-learning in dental school curricula. MUSoD students have the opportunity to participate in multiple diverse outreach experiences throughout their four years of Dental School. Their attitudes toward service experiences and their perception of service-learning curriculum before and after they perform rotations will be recorded. Volunteers will be recruited with posters strategically placed throughout the school. Each class will also be contacted by email. Seven dental students from each class, D1, D2, D3 and D4 will be randomly selected to attend a one hour focus group during their lunch hour to discuss the MUSoD service-learning curriculum.