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Whether you choose to attend a technical school or pursue an associate, bachelor, master or doctorate degree, there are many ways to make your public health degree more affordable:


Explore the possibilities. Make obtaining financial assistance a priority, setting aside a few hours every week. Now’s the time to start your search!




Loan Repayment Programs

Wisconsin HealthCorps 
After completing a year of service in a community health center or public health based organization, members are granted an educational award to use towards student loans..

Primary Care Loan Repayment Resources for Health Professional Shortage Areas in Wisconsin (PDF, 195 KB)
This document compares federal and state loan repayment options for primary care providers. This includes the following provider types:

  • MD/DO - family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, Ob/Gyn

  • Nurse practitioners

  • Nurse midwives

  • Physician assistants 

Mental Health Loan Repayment Resources for Health Professional Shortage Areas in Wisconsin (PDF,  72 KB)
This document compares federal and state loan repayment options for mental health providers. This includes the following provider types:

  • MD/DO - psychiatry

  • Health service psychologists

  • Licensed clinical social workers

  • Licensed professional counselors

  • Marriage and family therapists

  • Nurses

National Health Service Corps (NHSC)
The NHSC is a federal program that seeks to improve access to care in underserved areas of the country by offering scholarship assistance and loan repayment to eligible primary care, dental, and mental health clinicians. In order to receive the scholarship or loan repayment, providers must agree to provide a minimum of two years of service in a high-need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Wisconsin Health Professions Loan Assistance Program (HPLAP)
The HPLAP is Wisconsin's state loan repayment program. It seeks to increase the number of primary care, dental, and psychiatrist providers working in underserved rural and urban areas of the state. Interested persons should contact Kevin Jacobson(link sends e-mail) for more program information.

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program
The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program is a federal program targeted to bachelor's or master's degree trained nurses employed as registered nurses. In order to receive an award, nurses must work in a Critical Shortage Facility for nursing that's located in a HPSA.

Indian Health Service (IHS)
The IHS offers scholarship and loan repayment opportunities to qualified American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) citizens.The IHS loan repayment program offers loan repayment assistance to eligible applicants in qualified health professional disciplines. Eligibility for the loan repayment program is not restricted to AI/AN. Loan repayment recipients receive an award in exchange for at least a two-year service obligation.

Wisconsin Medical Society (WMS) Foundation
The foundation of the WMS offers a number of scholarship, student loan, and fellowship opportunities for students in medical school in Wisconsin.

Original Source: Wisconsin Division of Public Health




CDC’s Hubert Global Health Fellowship

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)

Shapiro Summer Research Award Program





Scholarship Inc.
Brown and Door County Students Only


Milwaukee Collegiate Academy

Scholarships Page


Ford Foundation




Rockefeller Foundation


MacArthur Foundation


Clinton Foundation


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation






International Healthcare Opportunities Clearinghouse – (Grants & Funding section)


MAP International-(Medical Fellowship section)


Doris Duke


Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Program


IWP Clean Water Scholarship

The iWP Clean Water Scholarship is designed to aid students preparing for careers working with the water environment. iWP will award as many as two scholarships of up to $1,000.00. Scholarship recipients will be announced at iWP’s Annual Conference, held in December.The scholarship is open to students with at least one year of college. They must also have a minimum of 3.0 GPA to apply.Be enrolled in a water related field of study such as civil or environmental engineering, environmental science, biology, chemistry, or wastewater systems operation.

Vivian Drenckhahn Student Scholarship
This $1,500 scholarship is awarded annually to two deserving full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are national SOPHE members and who have excelled academically, demonstrated a commitment to addressing the public's health through a career in health education, and who have demonstrated financial need. Students applying for this award must currently be pursuing a health education degree (e.g., health education, community health education, public health education, school health education), and must have completed at least one-third of coursework required for their major. This award is designated for tuition support and is paid directly to the student’s academic institution.

Fogarty International Center

WAFP E.H. Marth Food Protection and Food Science Scholarship
The Wisconsin Association for Food Protection (WAFP) offers a scholarship to qualified applicants annually. The E.H. Marth Food Protection and Food Science Scholarship.


NURSE Corps Scholarship Program
The NURSE Corps Scholarship Program is a federal program targeted to nursing students enrolled in diploma, associate, baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs. The scholarship will cover tuition, required fees, and reasonable education costs and provides a monthly stipend. Upon completion of their nursing training scholarship, recipients will be expected to serve a minimum two-year service commitment at a Critical Shortage Facility in a high-need HPSA.

Indian Health Service (IHS)
The scholarship program covers tuition, required fees and appropriate living expenses for eligible students in health professions programs. Students receiving the scholarship have to complete a service obligation at an Indian tribal health facility.

John D. and Virginia Riesch Scholarship
Benefits: Vary annually

  • Must be attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

  • Must demonstrate empathy, compassion, and passion to educate others on health-related issues

Public Health Program Scholarships 

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