Welcome to the UIC Urban Health Program

Welcome to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Urban Health Program (UHP), the flagship for moving forward the mission to increase minorities within the health sciences and the health professions.

The ultimate goal of our program is to provide programming, resources, and support for pre-health and health professional students, dedicated to addressing persistent health disparities in minority populations and improving the quality and availability of healthcare in underserved urban areas. While the State of Illinois and the University work towards opening we must remain vigilant about the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.  The Urban Health Program Resource Center will remain closed, for the duration of the summer, and summer programming will be held virtually for the safety of our UHP students. The Urban Health Program Resource Center will remain as a support for students and needed resources.  If you need assistance navigating through the new e-learning environment or if you just need to talk, please fill free to reach out via email at  uicuhp78@uic.edu.

Pleased be advised that if you plan to visit the UHP Resource Center, that you should call in advance to ensure that someone can assist you. In accordance with the UIC Campus and the UI Health,  Office of Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, there are new policies and procedures related to entering the UHP office as a result of COVID-19. All visitors will be required to have their temper checked, wear a face mask, and sanitize their hands upon entry.

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Join us for the UHP Pre-Health Student Open House September 16th!

Join us for the UHP Pre-Health Student Open House on September 16th!

UHP will host a Virtual Open House for minority Pre-Health Students on Wednesday, September 16th, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Please feel free to join in on the discussion as we share information on virtual activities, resources across campus and you get to meet representatives from the health sciences colleges, as you learn how to navigate through this new virtual learning environment.  To register please visit, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-health-program-resource-center-open-house-tickets-117698384035

Once registration is complete, a link to the virtual meeting will be sent to you.

Urban Health Program  |  UHP Resource Center

UHP Virtual Welcome Back Reception September 24th!

UHP Virtual Welcome Back Reception 2020!

This year’s Welcome Back Reception will be unlike any other. As a result of the pandemic and our new learning environment, we have had to adjust to a new normal and that is having virtual events.  We have a special evening planned for our Health Professional students. We’re hosting an opportunity for our students to explore the inter-colligate health professions community, meeting their fellow health professional students in the midst of a good time.  To register click the link below and a zoom link to attend will be sent to you the day before the event. This event is open to all minority students currently enrolled in a UIC Health Sciences College.

When: Thursday, September 24th

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Location: Virtual – zoom link will be forwarded after registration


UIC Urban Health Program  |  Urban Health Program Resource Center

UHP Undergraduate Pre-Health Program Initiatives

State of Illinois and COVID-19

Illinois Enters Phase - 4 Revitalization - What that means for UIC
  • UIC Phase - 4 Revitalization

    As we continue to prepare for the start of the fall semester and we begin to increase campus operations, we would like to thank you again for all you have done during this challenging time in the university’s history. Our UIC community has once again demonstrated its resilience and ability to overcome the most serious of challenges, and we are most grateful for your contributions.

    Public Health Measures

    • Employees who work on campus should self-assess their health status before reporting to their workplace and should not report at all if they are not feeling well or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Face coverings are required on all university-owned or operated property. (Exceptions may be made only for individuals with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering)
    • Daily temperature and wellness screening of all university employees reporting to work on campus will be continued.
    • Employees must adhere to public health social distancing and sanitization requirements, especially when eating or drinking.
    • Upon arrival, employees should immediately wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.
    • Gatherings of up to 50 people will be permitted if social distancing protocols are followed, and these limits will continue to be assessed throughout this phase.


  • Illinois Phase 4- Revitalization

    Reopening Illinois

    There is a continued decline in the rate of infection in new COVID-19 cases. Hospitals have capacity and can quickly adapt for a surge of new cases in their communities. Additional measures can be carefully lifted allowing for schools and child care programs to reopen with social distancing policies in place. Restaurants can open with limited capacity and following strict public health procedures, including personal protective equipment for employees. Gatherings with 50 people or fewer will be permitted. Testing is widely available, and tracing is commonplace.


  • COVID -19 Testing Centers

    State of Illinois Community-Based Testing Sites. Open to all regardless of symptoms.

    This is not a comprehensive list of testing sites. Locations are continuously being added as information is provided. Some locations have asked not to be named. https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-sites


    1650 Premium Outlet Blvd
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last

    Auburn, Gresham, Chatham

    SMG Chatham
    210 W 87th Street
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last


    1106 Interstate Drive
    9:00am – 5:00pm
    while daily supplies last


    Market Place Shopping Ctr
    2000 N. Neil Street Champaign
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last

    *East St. Louis

    Jackie Joyner Kersee Ctr.
    Argonne Drive
    East St Louis
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last

    Harwood Heights

    6959 W. Forest Preserve Rd.
    7:00am – 3:00pm
    while daily supplies last


    Peoria Civic Center Fulton Street Parking Lot
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last


    1601 Parkview Avenue
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last

    Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows HS
    2901 Central Road
    Rolling Meadows
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last

    South Holland

    South Suburban College
    15800 State St
    South Holland
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last


    102 W. Water Street
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    while daily supplies last

    A comprehensive listing can be found at the website below.


  • Social Distancing

    What is Social and Physical Distancing? 

    Now that the novel COVID-19, has spread so rapidly  among communities in the United States and other countries, phrases such as “social distancing,” “self-quarantine” and “flattening the curve” are now apart of our day to day lives. What do they mean, and how might they apply to you, your family and your community?

    While it may be disappointing to hear that so many sports events, cruises, festivals and other gatherings are being cancelled, there is a public health reason for these measures. These cancellations help stop or slow down the spread of disease allowing the health care system to more readily care for patients over time.

    Cancelling events that are likely to draw crowds is an example of social and physical distancing. Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

    Other examples of social and physical distancing that allow you to avoid larger crowds or crowded spaces are:

    • Working from home instead of at the office
    • Closing schools or switching to online classes
    • Visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in-person
    • Cancelling or postponing conferences and large meetings



COVID-19 Resources

With our mission to strengthening health equity and justice for the most vulnerable fully in mind, we have prepared a library of resources with fact sheets in a diverse array of languages, CDC resources, health and wellness strategies, guidances for businesses and employers resources for workers and more. CREDIT: https://publichealth.uic.edu/uic-covid-19-public-health-response/covid-19-resources/

Student Services and Resources

The Urban Health Program has positively impacted my undergraduate academic career at UIC. The UHP staff has provided me with the privilege of receiving merit based scholarships, participating in summer internships, volunteering at non-profit organizations and shadowing health science professionals at the University of Illinois Hospital, which has enabled me to realize that my true passion is healthcare and that I should pursue a career in the field of nursing. The UHP staff genuinely cares about me as an individual and wants to see me succeed inside of the classroom as well as outside in the professional world as a mature healthcare professional. I am very proud to be apart of the UIC Urban Health Program family and thankful for their support.

Willard Fountain  |  UIC UHP Alumni 2017

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