The Western Regional Area Health Education Center at Western Michigan University offers programs that aim to enhance health care provider knowledge and to introduce health care careers to students.

Health Careers Connection Program 

The Health Careers Connection Program offers high school graduates who will attend WMU an opportunity to earn six credits the summer between high school graduation and the beginning of their freshman year. Scholarships are available to each student accepted in the program. More information and application details are available here.

Best health professions and expected job growth through 2026

Taken from the U.S. News & World Report (January 10, 2018), these rankings are based on median salaries, unemployment rate and job growth estimates.

See the rankings

High School to Health Career Mentor Program at Van Buren Tech Center

Again this academic year, the Western Regional Area Health Education Center and Van Buren Technology Center are partnering to bring a comprehensive mentor program to at-risk students enrolled in courses at the Van Buren Technology Center who are interested in a career in a health and human service field after high school. If you are enrolled in courses at WMU's College of Health and Human Services and interested in a becoming a mentor, please contact Eriz Highey at or (269) 387-8156.


2019 Hereditary Cancer Conference

Friday, April 26, 2019
Cost: $65 (includes a continental breakfast, lunch and free parking)
Location: Western Michigan University Grand Rapids, Beltline Location - 2333 E. Beltline Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

More information and registration link coming soon.

Health Literacy Webinar now available

Dr. Doris Ravotas, coordinator of the interdisciplinary health services program, and Chris Trudeau, professor of law at WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School, presented on health literacy and tips for implementing health literacy initiatives.



Read our SUMMER 2018 NEWSLETTER, featuring:

  • CHHS Immersion day for Van Buren CTC students
  • MPH program update
  • Upcoming conferences
  • and more...

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Scholarships and loan reimbursement

Many of the AHEC community partners offer health care scholarships for a variety of disciplines.

Scholarship resources