Community Medicine and Population Health

John R. Wheat, MD, MPH, is the professor of Community and Rural Medicine and Internal Medicine at the College of Community Health Sciences. He directs the Rural Scholars Programs, a sequence of programs designed to help rural students, high school to professional, to become primary care physicians in rural Alabama.

Wheat provides clinical services in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine at University Medical Center. His academic interests and scholarship address vulnerable and underserved rural populations and rural medical education. He is active nationally in rural medicine and agromedicine professional groups, the Appalachian Health Policy Advisory Council, Alabama Rural Health Association, Alabama Area Health Education Centers program, and Governor’s Health Care Quality Improvement Task Force.

Wheat received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama, his medical degree from the University of Alabama 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 at Rochester, Minn., and he completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, Preventive Medicine Residency and Post-Doc in Epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill. He served in the US Navy.

Wheat won the Alabama Farmers Federation Service to Agriculture Award, the Alabama Public Health Association’s Ira L. Myers Award, the Alabama Family Practice Rural Health Board’s Extraordinary Commitment to Rural Family Medicine in Alabama Award, and was elected to the Alabama Health Care Hall of