Who Are We

The 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 train a cadre of underrepresented health professionals dedicated to improving the quality and availability of healthcare in undeserved urban areas.

The Urban Health Program (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. College specific programs and activities,  provide focused support and resources related to recruitment and retention efforts. These services and outreach activities also extend to the health science programs located 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

  • 98% Of our PharmD students graduate on time.

  • 7000+ The UHP has graduated over 7,000 health professionals

Making a Difference

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  |  4th Year Pharmacy Student