When the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) was established in Asheville in 1974, it was with a clear mandate to improve health across Western North Carolina (WNC) through innovative health education that creates a robust and well-qualified healthcare workforce. In service to this mission, MAHEC’s programs and services have grown significantly since then.
In 2017, we expanded a number of existing programs and launched new ones designed to transform rural healthcare across our region. These initiatives form the backbone of UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC, a unique interdisciplinary collaboration with the University of North Carolina, Western Carolina University, and regional community partners.
Located on MAHEC’s main campus in Asheville, UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC includes the UNC School of Medicine Asheville Campus, a master of public health program jointly led by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC Asheville, and innovative educational and research collaborations with UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and UNC Adams School of Dentistry.
UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC is supported and informed by our Departments of Research and Library Science, with emphasis on rural healthcare workforce development, academic medicine, clinical research, and practice transformation to improve patient, community, and population health.
Associated programs include our new General Surgery and Psychiatry residency programs, Family Medicine Residency programs in Asheville, Hendersonville and Boone, rural fellowships, clinical training for health sciences students, specialized telehealth training for rural providers, and a state-of-the-art medical simulation center.
All programs under the umbrella of UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC encourage learners to train with rural professionals, develop a deep appreciation for rural values, and contribute to improving the quality of life and health in communities across WNC.
To learn more about our partnership with UNC, please visit their campaign page and explore our Annual Reports below.