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Illinois Rural Health Experience (RHE) Program

National Center for Rural Health Professions
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Beth Squires


The Rural Health Experience (RHE) Program is a field experience for health professions students in Illinois to observe rural healthcare providers and their communities.


  • Learn about the social and health characteristics, needs, and resources of a specific rural Illinois community
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of different healthcare providers in a rural community
  • Reflect on a future career as a healthcare provider in a rural community and potential interest in this location as a future career location

Program expectations:

  • Shadowing experiences in multiple hospital departments including but not limited to EMT/ER, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, social work and behavioral health, public health, and laboratory and technical specialists
  • Shadowing experiences within the local community at clinics and/or health departments
  • Meetings with administration and observations of inter-professional team meetings, when available
  • The experience is scheduled between 3 – 5 days.

Eligible applicants are students of all health disciplines in Illinois. Students must have completed sophomore year of undergraduate studies by the start of the program.

Preference goes to students from rural Illinois communities with interest in serving a rural community in the future.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

This is an educational experience.

If possible, students will be matched with a site within commuting distance. Transportation is not provided. Sites may not provide meals and/or housing.

Application process

A link to the online application is available on the program website.

Tagged as
Health workforce · Health workforce education and training · Health workforce pipeline · Illinois

Organizations (1)

  • National Center for Rural Health Professions, view details

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