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University of Cincinnati- College of Medicine
Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Scholars
Application for the Class of 2020 – 2021

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the University of Cincinnati-College of Medicine AHEC Scholars program. The UC-COM AHEC Scholars program helps prepare interdisciplinary students to practice in urban and rural underserved areas. Through online and in-person classroom preparation, rural and urban clinical experiences, and specialized professional development opportunities, this co-curricular program provides students with the depth and breadth of knowledge needed to meet patients’ health care needs.

The UC-COM AHEC Scholars Program will supplement students' existing health professions programs. Each annual cohort of 15 students will be in the last two years of study that culminates in completion or graduation from a degree or certificate program. Incentives of $750 per year (paid in installments) will be given to students participating and completing all required education and activities as long as funding is available. Participation in the UC-COM AHEC Scholars program is in addition to your regular course load.

Students who wish to be considered for the UC-COM AHEC Scholar program should complete the application below. Questions? Contact Sharron DiMario,, 513-633-8674 or 513-558-7372.

Gender Identity
Do you have a reliable form of transportation within a 50-mile radius of downtown Cincinnati?

(There may be experiences scheduled that require traveling. Efforts will be made to coordinate with other program participants where possible.)

To meet federal HRSA guidelines and program evaluation metrics, answers to the following questions are required. Your identity remains private in any reports and does not impact selection.
Race (Select all that apply)

Please use these links to answer the following three questions:

To determine if you are from a rural community, enter your current and previous addresses in the search form on this page

Do you currently live in a rural community or did you grow up in a rural community?

To determine if your community is in a health professional shortage area enter information at the following form

Do you currently live in an underserved community or did you grow up in an underserved community?


Disadvantaged Background means an individual comes from an educationally/environmentally or economically disadvantaged background. Educationally/environmentally disadvantaged means an individual comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession. Economically disadvantaged means an individual comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low-income thresholds, according to family size established by the U.S. Census Bureau, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for use in all health professions programs.

The Secretary updates these income levels in the Federal Register annually. Low income family/household is defined by the Secretary for various health professions programs included in Titles III, VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act, as having an annual income that does not exceed 200 percent of the Department’s poverty guidelines.

A family is a group of two or more individuals related by birth, marriage, or adoption who live together. A household may be only one person. Parental income will be used to determine a student’s eligibility as economically disadvantaged in all cases except those where the student is considered independent by being at least 24 years old and has not been listed as a dependent on his or her parents’ income tax for 3 or more years. In those cases, the students' family income will be used instead of parental family income.

Are you from a disadvantaged background?
I consent to being contacted by the UC AHEC Scholars program one year following graduation about my practice type and work location. *This is a requirement of the program.
Do you speak a language(s) other than English?
Level of proficiency

In the box below, include a statement of 1,000 characters or less, on how you will meet the challenge of the Scholars program in addition to your regular coursework, any strategies that you will use to ensure your success and address the following:

  • Goals for participation in the UC-COM AHEC Scholars Program
  • Previous experience if any, in interprofessional clinical training service learning, health promotion or any other health education activities
  • Unique qualities that you bring to the UC-COM AHEC Scholars Program
  • Commitment or experience with underserved individuals and/or Communities

Once your application is submitted, it will be reviewed by the Selection Committee. All applicants will be notified whether or not they are admitted to the program.

Assurance and Signature of Applicant: If accepted into the program, I agree to participate in all sessions and other required activities (some of which may be held on weekends or in the evenings) of the UC-COM AHEC Scholars Program.

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Area Health Education Center

University of Cincinnati AHEC Program
Batavia, OH 45103

Phone: 513-724-0276

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