Community Rural Health Graduate Fellowships

Western Colorado University

About the organization

The Masters of Behavioral Science in Rural Community Health (MBS) program compels students to develop expertise in behavioral science approaches to human health. Using insights from psychology, anthropology, sociology, political science, and geography, students are trained to understand complex rural health issues, engage with diverse organizations, and work towards health equity related to youth development, mental health, suicide, violence, isolation, food insecurity, climate change and environmental health, and addictions.

Our graduate program emphasizes culturally sensitive and multiscale definitions of “health” and “health equity” that include evidence-based practices and a variety of strategies for healing, advocacy, education, assessment, research and consultation.


Rural Community Health Fellowships are open to a wide range of student interests, especially in community health interventions, prevention, mental health disparities, substance use, harm reduction, health equity, and climate change and health. Qualified applicants must be an admitted MBS student and awards start each August at semester's beginning. We also arrange for paid positions -- variously called Graduate Assistantships or paid internships -- with our partner organizations in Gunnison, Colorado or in other rural communities.


- Bachelors degree is sociology, psychology, public health, communications, anthropology, or related field.
- Lives or works in a rural community


10,800/academic year

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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