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Rural Health Professions Program

The Center for Rural Health and UA Zuckerman College of Public Health Rural Health Professions Program is a partnership with the Arizona Area Health Education Centers and provides resources to support service learning experiences for students. Service learning is built on the idea that experiential education, learning in the field instead of the classroom, builds a stronger understanding between students, faculty, and communities.

The overall goal of our program focuses on increasing the numbers of public health students who practice in rural and underserved communities in the state of Arizona. Our specific objectives include:

  • To create opportunities for MPH and DrPH students at the College of Public Health to participate in service learning field experiences that provide them with direct exposure to and participation in public health programs that are implemented in rural and underserved communities in the state of Arizona
  • To create opportunities for MPH and DrPH students at the College to participate in service learning courses for academic credit that increase their knowledge and understanding of public health issues in rural and underserved communities in Arizona.
  • To create opportunities for MPH and DrPH students to have positive internship experiences and fellowship experiences in rural and underserved communities that will impact their career choices upon completion of their degrees.
  • To create opportunities for faculty and academic professionals to partner with community based organizations to meet the public health needs of their communities.
  • To support fellowship opportunities for MPH and/or DrPH students that will provide for participating in public health programs that are implemented in rural and underserved areas in the state of Arizona and will impact their career choices upon completion of their degrees.

The program supports the development and implementation of new service learning courses as well as the integration of service learning into existing courses offered by the college and provides support for student Masters of Public Health internships in Arizona’s rural communities. Click here to see our 2013 Annual Report.

Rural Health Internship Stipends

As part of the College curriculum, Masters students must complete an internship experience at a community site. The Rural Health Professions Program encourages these students to consider conducting internships in Arizona’s rural areas. The program provides $5,000 stipends to help students off-set the cost of repeated travel to the more rural parts of Arizona. This year’s grants supported projects in Globe, Yuma, Douglas, Nogales, and Flagstaff.

Visit the Center for Rural Health website for more information at:
http://crh.arizona.edu/programs/health-professions

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