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Georgia AHEC Scholars is a two-year nationally recognized multidisciplinary certificate program, designed to better prepare health profession students for future practice in rural and urban underserved communities. In addition, the program provides a unique opportunity for the participants to gain hands-on training and experience.



Katey Hughes, PhD

Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Director of Admissions

Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Mercer University School of Medicine

Columbus, GA

Chris Scoggins, MPH

Director of Special Projects

Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center

Mercer University School of Medicine

Macon, GA

Rebecca Toland, PhD

Assistant Professor

Coordinator, Health Science Program

Master of Public Health

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

Columbus State University

Columbus, GA




Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Georgia

  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine


Mercer University 

  • Master of Family Therapy 


Columbus State University

  • Health Science and Pre-Medical Studies

  • Kinesiology

  • Nursing

  • MPH

Middle Georgia State University

  • Pre-Health Studies

  • Nursing

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Respiratory Therapy

Fort Valley State University

  • Nursing

Columbus Technical College

  • Nursing

  • Radiology

  • Respiratory Therapy

  • Pharmacy Technology

Recruitment, Training and Retention of Health Care Professionals

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