Research, Library Science, and Innovation

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC is a regional leader and collaborative partner in the innovation of quality patient-centered care, systems of healthcare delivery, and educational excellence in WNC.

The Department of Research and Library Science at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC is committed to conducting and providing access to 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 workforce development
  • Medical education and practice
  • Substance use initiatives
  • Population health interventions
  • Community-based participatory research

You can learn more about the scientific initiatives at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC by exploring the research and library science sections of our website.

Request Research Support

Our Department of Research and Library Science aims to provide efficient and strategic support to those interested in conducting research at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC. In order to ensure effective alignment with our academic health center'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
  • Interprofessional teams