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The UIC Urban Health Program (UHP) was established in 1978 to recruit and support students from underrepresented minority groups, specifically African Americans/Black, Latinx, and American Indians, into graduate and professional degree programs leading to health-related careers.

The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the number of health professionals from underrepresented groups, who are dedicated to improving the quality and availability of healthcare in undeserved urban areas.

UHP consists of a resource office, seven health science colleges (Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Public Health, Social Work, and Applied Health Sciences), the Graduate College, and a grade school pipeline program.

Each college offers specific support and resources for recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students. These efforts also extend to the health science programs in all of the University of Illinois campuses. The undergraduate program focuses on student organizations and support programs geared towards preparing students for health-related graduate and professional programs. The UIC Urban Health Early Outreach Program (EOP), is a comprehensive pipeline program that target students in elementary, middle and high schools.

How We Compare Heading link

  • 98 % Of our PharmD students graduate on time.

  • 7,000 + The UHP has graduated over 7,000 health professionals

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Travis Lester

“UHP has been an integral part of my growth as a student pharmacist. In addition to offering the resources and support necessary to succeed in pharmacy school, UHP provided me with the opportunity to pay it forward by mentoring high school students who are interest in health profession careers.”

Travis Lester  |  Class of 2020

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