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Degree Name

Master of Public Health


Health Services Research & Administration

First Committee Member

David Palm, PhD

Second Committee Member

Hongmei Wang, PhD

Third Committee Member

Thomas Rauner


Workforce trends within the United States indicate a growing crisis in the availability and distribution of primary care providers. Rural communities have been disproportionately affected by the lack of primary care providers. The gap in available primary care services in rural areas severely affects the population health outcomes of these communities. There is a critical need for rural healthcare systems to effectively understand and implement recruitment and retention strategies of primary care providers to meet the needs of their patients and community. The goal of this paper is to provide a centralized resource of evidence-based strategies regarding the recruitment and retention of primary care providers in rural communities among published literature.

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