The Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach provides opportunities for dental and dental hygiene students to develop skills for treating underserved populations and to develop into culturally competent oral health care professionals.
The department's service-learning programs are designed to give the professionaly trained student experience outside of the academic environment working with a licensed dental professional or other advisory supervisors.
Throughout the state, the VCU School of Dentistry and its students partner with the Virginia Dental Association, its dentists and local community agencies to conduct Missions of Mercy projects. Volunteers work long hours providing free dentla care to populations with unmet dental needs.
Since April 1986, the Jamaica Project sends VCU School of Dentistry students and faculty to provide dental services to the rural population of Trelawny Parish in Jamaica.