AHEC Program

Southern Utah AHEC, Transforming healthcare through education.

Recruiting Students into Health Professions Training Programs

AHEC Program provides resources for students, parents, teacher and counselors to encourage more rural youth to pursue careers in health care and to assist them in achieving their training goals.  Resources and links provided here include student interest inventories, directory of training programs and information on many health-related jobs.

Resources for High School and College Students

Training Health Professions Students

Clinical training opportunities for students enrolled in health professions training programs are readily available in most of the rural Utah counties.  The Center will assist students in finding a preceptor, lodging and other logistics while performing the clinical rotation.

AHEC Clinical Rotations

Retaining a Health Care Workforce

Continuing education programs are available through the Center or through one of our many partners.  The Center is a member of the Utah Department of Health's Education Advisory Committee and works in close partnership with the Utah Telehealth Network and the county-wide Utah State University Extension Offices. 

Continuing Education


Quick Overview:
The Utah AHEC Program: Southern Utah AHEC

What Is Southern Utah Ahec?

  • One of three regional center offices for the Utah Area Health Education Centers Program (Utah AHEC)
  • Hosted at Southern Utah University, with office space at Dixie State University
  • Serves the following counties: Juab, Duchesne, Daggett, Uintah, Carbon, Sanpete, Millard, Sevier, Emery, Grand, Beaver, Piute, Wayne, Iron, Garfield, Washington, Kane, and San Juan

Southern Utah Ahec Activities:

In coordination with the Utah AHEC Program Office, the Southern Utah AHEC Regional Center improves the primary care workforce by:

  • Facilitating over 150 rural rotations annually for health professions students
  • Sponsors the Rural Health Scholars program with over 1,000 students to increase their opportunities at preparation for graduate/health training programs at 4 rural higher ed institutions
  • Produce and distribute “Utah Directory of Health Training Programs”
  • Provide high school students opportunities to explore health careers and understand requirements
  • Host 3R Net – a national job board for rural health care positions

Why State Funding?

State funding will allow the Southern Utah AHEC Regional Center to expand to include:

  • Expand the 3R Net program matching hospitals and clinics with candidates who want to return to practice in Utah
  • Expand RHS program at Snow College and USU-Eastern, where we only have a limited presence due to staffing constraints
  • Create more effective tracking of rural students entering health training programs and initiate communication so they return to Utah

Key Partners:

  • Southern Utah University
  • Dixie State University
  • Snow College
  • Utah State University – Eastern
  • Family Healthcare
  • Rural Health Association of Utah
  • Utah Hospital Association
  • UDOH Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
  • Intermountain Healthcare
  • Roseman University
  • Rocky Mountain University of Health Sciences
  • 3R Net
  • Rocky Vista University
  • University of Utah

Learn More at the Utah AHEC WebsiteDownload this page as a printable PDF