Illinois Rural Health Experience (RHE) Program
National Center for Rural Health Professions
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
Preference goes to students from rural Illinois
communities with interest in serving a rural community in
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.
Health workforce · Health workforce education and training · Health workforce pipeline · Illinois
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