MONTANA Area Health Education Center (AHEC)


Preparing Healthcare Students for Success in a Changing World

The nationwide HRSA/AHEC branded certificate program to prepare and promote a diverse, skilled primary care workforce in rural and underserved communities

Would you like to be a part of a group of progressive health professionals committed to academic excellence and the transformation of healthcare in Montana? Are you wondering how to set yourself apart in an ever changing and increasingly competitive healthcare system?

If these questions speak to you, then the AHEC Scholars Program is what you are looking for. Scholars will develop new skills and are introduced to an interprofessional framework that will be crucial to improving health and healthcare.

  • AHEC Scholars is a nationally recognized certificate program that can set you apart.
  • The program emphasizes a team-based approach for healthcare.
  • AHEC Scholars coursework complements your existing coursework.


AHEC Scholars is a national program developed by the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration and state AHECs (National AHEC Organization). It is a program for health professions students interested in enhancing their skills in interprofessional practice in rural or underserved settings.


About the MONTANA AHEC Scholars Program

  • 2 year interprofessional program for health profession students across Montana (see requirements below)
  • Program administrated by Montana State University and University of Montana AHEC Programs
  • Co-created and co-taught by faculty and staff from across the state
  • Open to graduate level, 2 or 4 year undergraduate, and certificate programs for any healthcare career
  • Courses can be continuing education modules or college credit
  • Topics covered:
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Behavioral Health Integration
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Cultural Competency
  • Practice Transformation
  • Current and Emerging Health Issues
  • Interprofessional/team-based community/experiential/clinical training
  • Program begins September 2018


What's in it for me?

Your certification as an AHEC Scholar will signify that you have additional knowledge, skills, and experiences that will give you an advantage in moving forward in your chosen health profession.


You will:

  • Learn how to work effectively in a team-based setting;
  • Develop new skills, experiences, and strategies to improve both access and delivery of healthcare;
  • Have the chance to meet leaders in healthcare and interact with health care professionals creating an invaluable network for your future career;
  • Make connections with other participants;
  • Receive a certification, which will set you apart from other students in an increasingly competitive environment;
  • Get recognition at graduation; and,
  • Be included in the list of graduating Scholars that will be publicized for employers who are looking to hire.

Over the next two years, the AHEC Scholars Program will train scholars who will join a national cohort of approximately 3,900 scholars in 49 programs across the country. These programs are supported, in part, by the federally funded Health Resources and Services Administration.

“By working alongside the healthcare leaders of today, Montana scholars will develop the expertise to become the healthcare leaders of tomorrow. We’re excited about how this program will help transform health in our state.”  Kristin Juliar, Montana Office of Rural Health/Area Health Education Center.


2-year college program, 4 year college, or graduate program:

  • AHEC Scholars Program duration: 2 years
    • 40 hours of interprofessional community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area – per year
    • 40 hours interprofessional coursework (including the six Core Topic Areas listed above) – per year

Certificate programs of 1 or less years:

  • AHEC Scholars Program duration: 1 year
    • 40 hours interprofessional community-based, experiential, or clinical training in rural and/or underserved area
    • 40 hours interprofessional coursework (including the six Core Topic Areas listed above)