KHOP & Scholarship Programs

Kearney Health Opportunities Program (KHOP)

The Kearney Health Opportunities Program is a cooperative program between the University of Nebraska at Kearney and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. The purpose of the program is to recruit and educate students from rural Nebraska who are committed to returning to rural Nebraska to practice healthcare. This program represents a commitment and dedication to the education of Nebraskans and quality health care for citizens of the state. KHOP will offer students an amazing new opportunity to be part of the KHOP Learning Community. The CN AHEC is helping coordinate the Kearney Health Opportunities Program Learning Community by providing additional support and professional development opportunities. The learning community will be comprised of first-year KHOP students and four KHOP upperclassmen mentors. View more information on CN AHEC and the Learning Community.

Special Note

The College of Dentistry, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, the College of Allied Health Professions, and College of Medicine at UNMC have all agreed on the rural residency status eligibility guidelines for the KHOP/RHOP Programs. For more information on rural residency eligibility, please review our brochure for more information.

Deadline December 1



KHOP Learning Community

For more information on KHOP, please contact UNK Health Sciences:
Phone: 308-865-8260
Email: Peggy Abels,

Public Health Early Admissions Student Track (PHEAST)

Public health is the science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles and research of disease and injury prevention. Public health is everything from leading a healthier lifestyle to ensuring safe drinking water. Public Health creates a safer world for yourself and future generations. The University of Nebraska Medical Center offers a Masters in Public Health in seven different areas: Biostatistics, Community Health Education, Community Oriented Primary Care, Epidemiology, Environmental and Occupational Health, Maternal and Child Health, and Public Health Administration.

The purpose of PHEAST is to create a pipeline and cadre of public health professionals who will practice in Nebraska.

This program requires you are a Nebraska resident in your sophomore or junior year.

Click below to hear from Shelby, UNK Alunma ’14 and UNMC MPH graduate.

For more information at PHEAST, contact Dr Todd Bartee. Phone: 308-865-8260. Email: