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AHEC Scholars

The 2022 AHEC Scholars application is now open! Please click the link here to apply.

Applications will be accepted through July 30, 2022.

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
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Connecting Communities and Supporting Health Professionals
  • Virtual Learning and Telehealth 
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current & Emerging Health Issues

What are the program requirements?

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

  • 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:

  • Stipends (each year) depending upon funding available
  • 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 the third and final years of a degree (or an associate's degree) 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, nursing and allied health programs. The program has a special interest in students from underserved, under-represented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds.


Applications for the 2022 Cohort of AHEC Scholars are available HERE.

If you are having difficulty, you may email your application materials directly to Taylor O'Shaughnessy, MPH, CHES at

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Taylor at above address.

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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Area Health Education Center
UC College of Medicine
Medical Science Building Room 4208
231 Albert Sabin Way, ML 0582
Cincinnati, OH 45267
Phone: 513-558-7372
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