12 months
31460 USD/year
31460 USD/year
11100 USD/year
Tuition fee
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This 30 hour degree Rural Community Health program at the The University of Alabama is designed to provide some of the tools necessary for future rural Alabama physicians and other rural health care providers to become community health leaders. 


Key facts:

It will help prepare them to lead in the development and maintenance of community health center practices and other health care practices.

  • Rural Medical Scholars (RMS) established in 1996 by The University of Alabama School of Medicine (UASOM) to recruit students who grew up in rural Alabama who desire to practice primary care medicine in rural Alabama. RMS apply to UASOM, go through a special interview/selection process and enter a RMS 5-year track of study leading to the MD degree. For the first year, RMS spend a year on the Tuscaloosa campus in the MS in Rural Community Health program with a set of courses related to rural community health.  Following this year, RMS then complete two years of pre-clinical study at UASOM in Birmingham. RMS then return to Tuscaloosa for two years of clinical medicine training in the College of Community Health Sciences (CCHS) (UASOM – Tuscaloosa Campus).  After completing the MD degree, RMS enter residency training in the specialty of their choice.
  • Rural Community Health Scholars (RCHS), students who exhibit a desire to be rural health care providers (not necessarily physicians), but are not eligible for the RMS program.  Most of these students use the Master of Science degree as a bridge to a health professional school (medical, osteopathic, physician assistant, nursing, physical therapy, public health, doctor of philosophy, etc.) by demonstrating their ability to handle graduate-level studies and improving admission test scores. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Biostatistics
  • Immunology
  • Indep Stdy Community Med (Fall Semester)
  • Clin Corr and Study Strat
  • Human Physiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An online application form
  • Application fee payment
  • Statement of purpose
  • Unofficial admission scores (GRE, GMAT, MAT or MCAT; if required by the department)
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Language scores (non-native English speakers)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    31460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31460 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    31460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31460 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    11100 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11100 USD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Tuscaloosa

850 - 1300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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