Financing Your Education

MAHEC Scholarship

As a partner in delivering this innovative degree in Western North Carolina, MAHEC is excited to offer a competitive scholarship of up to $10,000 to a limited number of students in each cohort. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have: 

  • An offer of admission from the UNC Gillings School’s MPH Program in Asheville. 
  • A personal connection to Western North Carolina, which can include residency, family, or a desire to work and live in this region. 
  • A completed scholarship application.

UNC Gillings School Financial Aid

The UNC Gillings Awards, Funding, and Financial Aid office provides students with a variety of resources to assist in funding their education. Students in the UNC Gillings MPH Program in Asheville have regularly received departmental awards and scholarships. You can learn more about these opportunities on the Gillings School website

Short-Term Funded Opportunities

Students in the UNC Gillings MPH Program in Asheville may be able to work with community partners on short-term funded projects involving research, public health practice, and related activities. These opportunities will be offered to students as they become available and will range in hours, pay, and type.

General Practice Residency - MPH Track

MAHEC’s General Practice Residency Program allows dental residents to build their clinical skills in a community health setting while obtaining an MPH degree. This two-year track supports dentists who want to understand oral health from both a clinician’s and a policymaker’s perspective. Pursuing an MPH while practicing dentistry provides numerous opportunities to hone public health and community engagement skills.

In the first year, residents will participate in both GPR and MPH didactics and other curricular activities. In the second year, residents will take on additional teaching and mentoring responsibilities as well as complex clinical cases.

Applicants must complete a separate application for each program. Applicants should indicate their interest in the GPR-MPH track to the MAHEC residency program coordinator.

Rural Fellowship MPH

The Rural Fellowship at MAHEC presents a unique opportunity for clinicians to explore and practice rural healthcare while earning an MPH degree that focuses on promoting health equity in rural communities. MAHEC rural fellows receive continuing education and support to help them adjust to and meet the needs of their rural community. Preceptor training focuses on the development of rural leadership and public health skills. 

MPH clinical fellows are provided with financial and educational support over two years as they build a long-term rural practice in WNC. Clinical experience is compensated and academic time is protected to ensure fellows can focus on MPH program requirements.

Rural fellowships are designed for physicians who have completed their medical or doctor of osteopathy degree and dentists who have completed their doctorate of dental surgery or doctorate of medicine in dentistry.