The Ohio University Appalachian Rural Health Institute (ARHI) exists to encourage research on health issues relevant to the Appalachian region, rural communities and underserved populations. ARHI fosters the creation of interdisciplinary approaches to improve all aspects of rural health, interpreting the concept of health in the broadest sense in order to allow for creative innovations that address the physiological, psychological, social, economic, environmental, vocational, emotional, spiritual, and holistic aspects linked with well-being and quality of life.

Faculty Research Spotlight


ARHI Associate Director, Dr. Tania Basta, was invited to speak at the University of California Irvine in their Public Health Seminar Series in June, 2013 on rural Appalachian Health. Her presentation, “A Developing Nation within Our Nation: Implications for Disease Prevention in Rural Appalachia” can be watched at the following link: