Public health providers in rural areas face very different challenges than those in urban areas. Yet most public health master’s programs lack programming focused specifically on rural public health.
This is why Berkeley Public Health Online has launched the Rural Health Innovation Program. With backing from the Barr-Campbell Family Foundation, the initiative will offer 25 fully paid scholarships per year to eligible online MPH students.
All 25 Rural Health Scholars will study alongside a larger cohort of public health masters students across disciplines as well as a more intimate cohort that is equipped with a specialized rural health curricula.
In addition to program fees, books and travel expenses, Rural Health Innovation Scholars will receive membership in the National Rural Health Association.
Furthermore, 10 Scholars interested in activating change in rural health issues through policy will be selected as Rural Policy Fellows and will attend the National Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, DC, where they will receive additional training in policy and advocacy and meet with key national policy leaders. It is in these meetings that Policy Fellows will craft their practicum, focusing on a policy topic in their area of interest.