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Urban Health Program

Our Mission



The mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Health Program (UHP) is to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, specifically African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, into the health professions. The UHP seeks to expand educational and research opportunities for these populations at all academic levels (including pre-college students) in order to develop underrepresented racial/ethnic minority health care professionals, faculty, and researchers with the goals of eliminating health disparities and advancing health equity.


The Urban Health Program has a commitment to:

1. recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented students in the health professions;

2. continuously assess and improve student programs and activities in collaboration with the health sciences units at the UIC Medical Center;

3. provide an avenue for early exposure and entry to students committed to practicing in health professions shortage areas; and

4. support community health initiatives

5. play a lead role in iniating and conducting research on ways to recruit and retain minority students, and on ways to address ongoing health disparities in economically, health professions shortage areas (HPSA)