Research and Innovation

MAHEC strives to be a creative and willing regional partner in the innovation of quality patient-centered care, systems of healthcare delivery, and educational excellence.

Our Research Division is committed to conducting community-based, patient-centered healthcare research that addresses the unique needs of our rural mountain region. We strive to be the experts in rural health professions education, population health issues, health policy, and health data analysis in Western North Carolina.

Our research efforts are focused on several core areas:

  • Healthcare worforce development
  • Medical education and practice
  • Substance use initiatives
  • Population health interventions
  • Community-based participatory research

You can learn more about our scientific initiatives by exploring the research and library services sections of our website.

Request Research Support

The Research Division aims to provide efficient and strategic support to those interested in conducting research at MAHEC. In order to ensure effective alignment with MAHEC’s mission and organizational policies, we consider each project and carefully assess each request. Please fill out this form and a research representative will follow up with you within 5 business days: Research Support Request Form.


Innovation projects include clinical and educational research, and the creation, implementation, assessment, revision, and dissemination of models of care and education focused on:

  • Improving the lives of seniors
  • Quality improvement in primary care
  • The Triple Aim
  • Graduate medical education
  • Undergraduate medical education
  • Inter-professional teams