AHEC Scholars Program

Explore Beyond the Classroom, Gain Real World Experience Across Wisconsin with AHEC Scholars

AHEC Scholars is a program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. This is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curriculum to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic and community-based activities. 

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About Wisconsin AHEC Scholars Program

Program duration is two years and each year includes the following (for a total of 160 hours):

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Experiential Learning (40 hours/year)

  • Students will participate in clinical/community learning experiences, led by one of the seven AHEC Centers (of about 15-20 students) throughout Wisconsin, where you will get to interact with the local community and learn to transform your healthcare practices to suit the needs of rural and underserved communities.
  • Students participate in these experiences in their school’s region, but may also have the opportunity to participate with other Center programs. A list of potential learning experiences will be available on our calendar.
  • Experiential Learning Opportunities

Online Didactic Curriculum (40 hours/year)

  • All AHEC Scholars participate in an online curriculum focused on improving health and health equity.  (approximately 1 credit/40 hours per year), addressing six core topic areas.
  • Core Topic Areas
    • Interprofessional Education
    • Behavioral Health Integration
    • Social Determinants of Health
    • Cultural Competency
    • Practice Transformation
    • Current and Emerging Health Issues

*NEW* A $500 stipend will be provided to AHEC Scholars who complete the program ($250 at the end of year 1, and $250 at the end of year 2). 



The program is administered by the Wisconsin AHEC Program and the University of Wisconsin-Madison – School of Medicine and Public Health.

How to Apply:

The AHEC Scholars program will grant you a certificate when you graduate from your healthcare career program.


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What are the benefits of becoming an AHEC Scholar?

An AHEC Scholar will have access to health care professionals, build professional relationships with faculty members at your school, explore career opportunities, and obtain a certificate of completion to include with your resume.

What are the eligibility criteria?

All AHEC Scholars must be currently enrolled in a Health Professions Program of at least 18-24 months in duration by Fall 2018 (e.g., physical therapist assistant, paramedic, doctor, pharmacist, nurse).

Where do I meet for Learning Activities?

The online curriculum for the first year cohort will begin in late January, and will progress as a semester long course with weekly assignments. The online curriculum will culminate with the completion of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Certification.

The in-person learning activities will happen in rural or underserved urban areas, either in your school’s region, or in another region in the state.

Will I work with a team?

Yes! You will join a cohort of 15-20 students in your region, coming from a variety of fields.

Do I need any prior experience?

No! Health innovation relies on interdisciplinary collaboration, so students from all health profession disciplines are welcome. Skills from your peers can help your work stand out from the crowd.

How much does it cost?

There is no tuition for the AHEC Scholars Program. There may be costs related to some of the optional experiential learning opportunities (e.g., Wisconsin Express). Stipends may be available based on region, up to $250 per year.

Where can I find more information?

Can I download this information?

Yes! We’ve created a powerpoint that you can view and download to share with whomever you’d like!

Please click here to access our AHEC Scholars Information Powerpoint!

The seven regional AHEC Centers provide the clinical/community-based learning activities. To learn more about the centers, see hereTo read about example experiential learning opportunities, please visit this page: AHEC Regional Experiential Learning

Contact Us: scholars@ahec.wisc.edu

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.