Director, Rural Scholars Programs

Community Medicine and Population Health

Phone: (205) 348-1303


John Wheat, MD, MPH, is a professor of Community Medicine and Population Health and directs the Rural Scholars Program in the Department of Family, Internal, and Rural Medicine. The Rural Scholars Programs is a sequence of programs designed to recruit and mentor rural students to become primary care physicians in rural Alabama. Wheat also provides clinical services in Internal and Occupational medicine at University Medical Center, which the College operates. Wheat received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama, his medical degree from the UA School of Medicine and his Masters of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He completed his residency at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program/Preventive Medicine Residency and a post-doctoral program in Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Wheat received the Alabama Public Health Association’s Ira L. Myers Award, the Alabama Family Practice Rural Health Board’s Extraordinary Commitment to Family Medicine Award in Alabama, and was elected to the Alabama Health Care Hall of Fame.