Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

AHEC Scholars is a program for health professions students interested in supplementing their education by gaining additional knowledge and experience in rural and/or underserved urban settings. This is a longitudinal program with interdisciplinary curricula to implement a defined set of clinical, didactic, and community-based activities. All experiential or clinical training is to be conducted in rural and/or underserved urban settings.

The Hawaiʻi Island AHEC Scholars program consists of the following

  • Clinical activities
  • Didactic activities
  • Community-based training
  • Rural/Underserved Training

The program is open to all students enrolled in healthcare and pre-healthcare certificate or degree programs, from the undergraduate level up. Students spend a minimum of 80 hours in classroom instruction and 80 hours in hands- on clinical experience, spread out over a period of two years. (The requirements of the Hawaiʻi Island AHEC Scholars program come in addition to regular coursework required for the student’s academic program- with certain educational exceptions).

Eligibility Criteria: AHEC Scholars program applicants should have a current interest in rural or underserved healthcare and be currently enrolled in a health professions degree or certificate program and be two years from program or degree completion. This includes but is not limited to students in medical, dental, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, nursing, physician assistant, social work, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and public/population health programs.

Please contact JD Domizio at or (808) 932- 3636 (Office) / (808) 397 7552 (Cell) with any questions about the Hawaiʻi Island AHEC Scholars Program.