Established in November of 2003 by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, the National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) is located on the campus of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford and is under the direction of the associate dean for Rural Health Professions.

The purpose of the Center is to meet the health care needs of rural Illinois residents through collaborative projects involving multiple health professions and emphasize recruitment, retention and health care delivery initiatives that will positively impact the health and well being of both rural residents and their communities