Rural Fellowship MPH

Rural Practice

and training in community health leadership

Rural Fellowship MPH

The Rural Fellowship at MAHEC presents a unique opportunity for clinicians to explore and practice rural healthcare in WNC while earning a Master of Public Health degree that focuses on promoting health equity in rural communities.

Our Rural Fellowship was developed to provide continuing education and support to help physicians and dentists better adjust to and meet the needs of their rural community. Continuing education experiences are focused on developing core competencies and special areas of interest identified by each fellow. Preceptor training focuses on the development of rural leadership and public health skills. 

Pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a capstone community rural health project is a natural complement to our rural fellowship program. MPH clinical fellows will be provided with financial and educational support over two years as they build a long-term rural practice in WNC. Clinical experience will be compensated and academic time protected to ensure fellows can focus on MPH program requirements.

Learn more about our rural fellowships and application process.

Please note: our 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.

Our program also offers a limited number of work study and scholarship opportunities for students in other health-related professions. For more information about these opportunities, please contact  Scott Schindler, Student Manager, at 828-348-3628 or