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Urban Health Program

Goals and Objectives

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The UIC College of Pharmacy Urban Health Program partners with other units within the College, campus units and the community to increase access and  improve the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented minority students.


 COP-UHP Recruitment Objectives:

  • To expand the recruitment pool from which qualified Underrepresented Minority (URM) students interested in pursuing pharmacy are considered for admissions
  • To increase awareness of the Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) requirements in Chicago Public Schools and other schools with a significant number of URM students
  • To strengthen recruitment partnerships with businesses and local/state agencies
  • To increase the number of in-state URM students admitted into the College of Pharmacy
  • To provide adequate educational resources to enhance student success and retention
  • To work collaboratively with the Dean, College of Pharmacy Office of Student Affairs and other college units as it relates to the recruitment, admission and retention of URM students                                                                                                                            
  • To strengthen recruitment partnerships with the City Colleges of Chicago and South Suburban area community colleges that serve a significant number of URM students
  • To expand the UIC pre-pharmacy club to include Urban Pipeline Program and the Medical and Health Professions Career Academy students

 COP-UHP Recruitment Partnerships:

  • The Medical and Health Careers Academy (Westinghouse College Prep, Sullivan and Dunbar High Schools), in collaboration with the Chicago Board of Education’s Department of College and Career Preparation
  • UIC College Prep High School
  • Urban Pipeline Program Summer Enrichment Program(Chicago Public High Schools)
  • Urban Pipeline Program Summer Enrichment Program (South Suburban School District 205) 
  • The Metropolitan Health Educators Institute for Health Professions is a city and statewide conference for high school, community college and university advisors, counselors, and teachers.  Participants gain first-hand knowledge of admissions and career options within major health science colleges. 
  • Various Industry and Corporate Sponsors

Recruitment and Outreach Efforts:

  • Elementary schools
  • High schools
  • Community Colleges
  • Four-year institutions


Retention Efforts:

COP-UHP Provides Comprehensive Academic Assistance Programs and  Student Resources Such As:

  • Tutorials
  • Study Groups 
  • Study skill management, test-taking strategies and time management
  • Academic, personal advising and referral
  • Stress busters
  • Academic Center for Excellence Resources