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Urban Health Program

Urban Health Program

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The University of Illinois at Chicago Urban Health Program was established in 1978 by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to respond to the disparity in the quality and access of health care in underserved minority populations in Chicago's inner city. The Urban Health Program's overall purpose is to expand opportunities for health professions education for underrepresented groups and to improve the quality of health care services for medically underserved urban populations.


The UHP effort was designed to increase enrollment and graduation of underrepresented minorities - Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans - who are interested in pursuing a health professions education. The intent was to recruit from urban communities with the hope that the majority of the students would return to the to these communities to practice.


The Urban Health Program components include student recruitment, student retention, financial aid, academic and personal advising, and academic enrichment programs for grades 4 through 12. The UHP encompasses the six health sciences colleges (Pharmacy, Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and the School of Public Health), the Graduate College and the Early Outreach program.