UP-AHEC Scholars Program

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    The Michigan AHEC Scholars Program is an advanced learning opportunity which supplements classroom instruction.  It aims to prepare students to enter the health professions workforce by teaching them important supplemental skills that might otherwise be missing from the student's normal academic curriculum.

    Selection for this program will be competitive with a formal application process.  This selective program will allow students to network with other health professions students and to learn how to provide care in an interdisciplinary environment while exploring current and emerging topics in healthcare.

    AHEC Scholars is designed specifically for applicants from a diverse background who have a strong interest in providing healthcare to patients in rural and medically underserved communities across Michigan.

    Student Benefits:

    • Program incentives.
    • Professional networking opportunity.
    • Competitive resume building.
    • Opportunity to work with other students across the state in urban or rural health environments.


    • Two year time commitment requiring approximately 80 hours of effort per year (one year time commitment for some disciplines).
    • 40 hours will be spent completing clinical and community-based training.
    • 40 hours will be spent participating in various didactic training activities.




    Interprofessional Education

    • Supports a coordinated, patient-centered model of health care that involves an understanding of the contributions of multiple health care models.

    Behavioral Health Integration

    • Promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions.

    Social Determinates of Health:

    • Includes economic stability, education, social and community context, health and health care and environment.

    Cultural Competency:

    • Training health care providers to recognize and address the unique culture, language and health literacy of diverse communities.

    Practice Transformation:

    • Targets the specific skills and competencies needed to prepare students and health professionals to effectively practice in a transforming health care system.

    Current and Emerging Health Issues:

    • Geographically relevant health issues such as opioid abuse, trauma informed care, etc.