Established in 2001, The Institute for Rural Health Research works to bring the highest attainable standard of health to rural citizens. The Institute pursues this mission through the combined strength of scientific knowledge, community involvement and informed public policy. The Institute’s research efforts are focused on health issues that impact people who live in rural areas. The goal is to produce research that is useful to communities, policymakers and health care providers as they work to improve the availability, accessibility and quality of health care for rural and underserved citizens. The Rural Health Institute also serves as a resource for researchers, individuals and organizations working to improve the health of rural communities.

Emergency Medical Services Program

The College implemented an EMS oversight program with the Alabama Department of Public Health Office of EMS and Trauma to provide continuing education and updated technology to emergency medical services workers and volunteers in West Alabama counties.


Telemedicine is a rapidly developing application of clinical medicine where information is transferred through interactive audiovisual media for the purposes of consulting and conducting remote medical examinations or procedures.