Health Careers

A quality health workforce is diverse and serves those in underserved urban and rural areas. Our health careers programs improve public health by:

  • increasing access to care for underserved populations;
  • increasing opportunities for minority patients to see practitioners with whom they share a common race, ethnicity or language; and
  • improving patient-practitioner relationships and communication which may increase patients’ likelihood of receiving and accepting appropriate medical care.

Which health careers programs do we fund?

Area Health Education Centers

We support enhanced access to high quality, culturally competent health care through academic-community partnerships. They improve the distribution, diversity, and supply of a primary care health workforce who serve in rural and underserved health care delivery sites.

Centers of Excellence Program

We fund health professions education for underrepresented minority individuals in designated health professions schools. The program serves as an innovative education center to recruit, train, and retain underrepresented minority students and faculty at health professions schools.

The National HCOP Academies 

We fund eligible accredited health or allied health professions schools, and other public or private non-profit health or educational institutions. The National HCOP Academies provide individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to develop the skills needed to successfully compete for, enter, and graduate from health or allied health professions schools. 

Date Last Reviewed:  March 2018