Utah Center for Rural Health

Rural Health Scholars Program Benefits

Program Benefits

Rural Health Scholars students are provided with certain program benefits as members.  The below activities are created specifically to enhance students' applications into a healthcare education program.  They are offered at various times during a student's academic career, depending on timeline and future goals.

Healthcare Exploration Seminars

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  • One university credit
  • Designed to introduce students to various healthcare careers
  • Seminars include the history of medicine, medical Spanish, dental practicum, rural health issues, test preparation, and discipline-specific topics

Enhanced Academic Advising

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  • Undergraduate Peer Mentors assist in scheduling student pre-requisite courses for graduate school
  • Student and professional staff assist in activities to improve an application, including service, job shadowing, patient exposure, leadership, and undergraduate research. 
  • Detailed discussion of student timeline to applying to a graduate program

Test Preparation

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  • Seminar courses specific to content covered on entrance exams, such as verbal reasoning/reading comprehension and behavioral sciences
  • Free practice exams offered in a structured environment
  • Discount program with  Kaplan Test Preparation Products
  • Includes assistance with the MCAT, GRE, DAT, OAT, or PCAT

Job Shadowing/Internships

  • Connections with local healthcare providers for pre-health students
  • Internship opportunities in local pharmacies, dental offices, and clinics 
  • Partnerships with Intermountain Healthcare for training and job shadowing

CPR & First Aid Classes

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  • Provided through the medical skills training seminar
  • Minimal cost of about $20 per student 

Leadership Opportunities

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  • Referals to campus and community leadership organizations
  • Rural health-related opportunities with the National Rural Health Association 
  • Rural Health Scholars experiences leading cultural immersion trips

Undergraduate Research

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  • Assistance in finding undergraduate research, which is required for most graduate healthcare programs
  • Information on faculty-led projects, off-campus research, and some supervision for in-house research projects

Lending Library

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  • Free healthcare-related reading materials
  • Test preparation materials and text books for science courses
  • Can save students hundreds of dollars when preparing for an entrance exam 

Community Service

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  • Intentional service learning opportunities for students
  • Online service database of local, reputable organizations
  • Connections with AmeriCorps, an organization that provides scholarships to students engaged in their community

Cultural Immersion Experiences

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  • Domestic and international travel to assist in a healthcare setting in an underserved area
  • Trips include locations such as Nicaragua, Las Vegas, Four Corners, and the Dominican Republic
  • Expose students to a culturally diverse healthcare setting
  • Offered at a low-cost price to RHS students

Cultural Immersion Experiences Information


Application Workshop

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  • Summer program to assist students in applying to graduate programs
  • Topics covered include writing a personal statement, school selection, secondary applications, letters of recommendation and interviews
  • Editing services provided for personal statements and experiences 

Gap Year Information


Interview Preparation

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  • Weekly "lunch bunch" held in the fall semester to assist students in interviewing at graduate schools
  • Mock interviews offered in partnership with the Speech and Presentation Center 

Early Acceptance Program with Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine

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  • Direct partnership with RVUCOM allowing pre-medical students with high credentials to apply early for acceptance to this specific medical school
Campuses in Parker, Colorado, and Ivins, Utah

If you would like more information about the program, please email us at rhs@suu.edu.

Read the mini-biographies of graduating Rural Health Scholars.