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Intermountain Health Population Health Student Scholars Program

Intermountain Health Population Health Student Scholar's Program

The Intermountain Health Population Health Student Scholars program is a collaborative medical education program developed between the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah and Intermountain Health. You can read more about the program here.

Intermountain Health Population Health Scholar Program Overview


Program Components

The programs is comprised of four (4) main components: 1) financial assistance 2) curriculum 3) mentorship and program activities 4) residency and employment. You can read more about each component below.

    Through substantial financial contributions made by Intermountain Health, participants of the program receive a forgivable loan that covers 50% of tuition and fees (at a Utah resident rate) through four (4) years of medical school. If the scholar returns to practice at Intermountain Health and completes the work obligation of the program, their loan will be forgiven in entirety. The loan will be forgiven at a 1:1 ratio, so the work obligation to receive all 4 years of loan forgiveness is 4 years of employment at Intermountain Health.

    Scholars are required to complete a Graduate Certificate in Population Health Sciences during their 4 years of medical school. This certificate requires students to participate in population health coursework, experiential learning, and complete a population health capstone project. This is a unique opportunity to learn foundational population health related knowledge and skills and something the student can highlight as they begin applying to residency programs.

    Scholars will be paired with Intermountain Health physician mentors with the focus of the pairing on professional development, networking, and providing scholars first-hand experience of working for Intermountain Health.

    Additionally, there are a variety of program activities that are offered to participants including bi-annual large group events with leadership from Intermountain Health and University of Utah Health, monthly cohort meetings, population health seminars, shadowing, and clinical rotation opportunities. Scholars also have the opportunity to get involved in different Intermountain Health population health related projects.

    Upon completion of medical school, it is expected that participants will pursue residency in one (1) of six (6)  population health specialties: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Ob/Gyn, General Surgery, Psychiatry, or Pediatrics. Upon successful completion of their residency program, scholars are guaranteed an employment opportunity with Intermountain Health at one of their many world class locations. 

    Scope Podcast - How can medical students apply what they learn in the classroom to the broader community? How can training in public health and medicine address broader inequities here in the United States? The Intermountain Population Health Scholars Program at Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine at the University of Utah is designed to help tomorrow's doctors grapple with those questions today. Second-year medical students Kathryn Corona and Sanila Math discuss their experiences in the program and their hopes for the future of primary care, family medicine, and health equity.