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Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

To us, community service is not an extracurricular activity. It's an essential component not only of our daily lives as human beings but also our greater goals as an institution. Indeed, that's why community service is included in our mission statement.

Boston Campus

MCPHS University provides students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to actively address the concerns of their communities in a meaningful and mutually beneficial way. In addition to the dedication of clubs and organizations campus-wide, the Center for Drug Information and Natural Products, MCPHS University Creating Futures program and Forsyth Dental Hygiene Clinic—all housed on the Boston campus—play an active role in serving our communities and beyond.

Worcester and Manchester Campuses

The Office for Service Learning-Civic Engagement

Through an innovative Service-Learning program, MCPHS University–Worcester and Manchester students perform community service at public schools, neighborhood health centers, local organizations, and health-related events. These experiences provide for personal and professional growth, and enable students to better understand the communities in which they will serve as healthcare providers.

What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning is a form of experiential education that combines meaningful community service with academic study and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.

The distinctive element of service-learning is that it enhances the community through the service provided, but it also has powerful learning outcomes for the students or others participating in providing a service.

The Eye & Vision Center at MCPHS University–Worcester

The Eye & Vision Center at MCPHS University–Worcester offers accessible, comprehensive, state-of-the-art eye and vision care to patients in Worcester and the surrounding communities. Knowledgeable, highly skilled optometrists work together with dedicated interns to provide patients with the best care available.

The Forsyth Dental Hygiene Clinic at MCPHS University–Worcester

The Forsyth Dental Hygiene Clinic at MCPHS University–Worcester provides low cost, comprehensive dental care to patients in Worcester and surrounding communities. 

Worcester Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement

Doris Hamner, PhD, Director of Service-Learning & Civic Engagement

508.373.5642; 603.314.1798; Office Locations: 40 Foster, 225 (Worcester), 1260 Elm Street (Manchester)


Carrie Rice-Graham, Assistant Director of Service Learning & Civic Engagement

508.373.5613; Office Location: 40 Foster Street, 226