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Area Health Education Center (formally HEALTH-UC)

 AHEC Scholars

AHEC Scholars brochure

What is AHEC Scholars?

The AHEC Scholars Program is for current health professions students interested in positioning themselves to join a well-prepared, diverse and culturally competent primary care workforce. The program’s core topics are:

  • Inter-professional education
  • Behavior health integration
  • Social determinants of health
  • Cultural competency
  • Practice transformation
  • Current & emerging health issues
  • Team-based clinical and community experiences working in rural areas and/or with urban, underserved populations.

What are the program requirements?

This two-year program requires 40 hours of classroom-based and online didactic experiences and 40 hours of team-based, community and clinical training experiences each year. This is in addition to your regular course load. (Some current courses may be eligible for program credit.)

  • Applicants must be entering the final two years of their degree program. 
  • Each cohort is limited to 15 students.
  • AHEC Scholars cohorts begin each fall on the University of Cincinnati’s campus.

What are the benefits?

 Participation in AHEC Scholars provides students with a variety of benefits including:

  • $750 stipend (each year)
  • Participation in professional conferences and continuing education opportunities
  • Student research opportunities
  • Clinical and community shadowing experiences
  • Rural and Appalachian cultural experiences
  • Recognition from the National AHEC organization

Who can apply? 

The program is open to students in disciplines that support primary health care services delivery in both clinical and non-clinical roles.  Applicable majors include, but are not limited to: medicine, community and public health, nutrition and dietetics, pharmacy, nursing, communication sciences and disorders, social work and counseling.  The program has a special interest in students from underserved, under-represented population and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. 


AHEC Scholars Application

Still accepting applications!

Questions in regards to qualifications may be emailed to Sharron DiMario at  or one may call (513) 558-7372.



This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under U77HP23072 Point of Service Maintenance and Enhancement, with a total award amount of $2,458,907.00 and a non-federal share of 53%. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


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We welcome your feedback on the AHEC program. Please direct all comments, questions, and suggestions to Area Health Education Center