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UHP in Health Professions Schools and Colleges

College of Applied Health Sciences Heading link

UHP aims to increase underrepresented minority student enrollment in all of the College of Applied Health Sciences (AHS) programs including: Rehabilitation Sciences, Kinesiology, Health Information Management, Nutrition, Biomedical Visualization, Disability Studies and Human Development, Occupation Therapy, and Physical Therapy.  AHS Urban Health Program staff assists students in the admissions process, provides academic advising and career counseling.

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College of Dentistry Heading link

The UIC College of Dentistry offers an innovative doctoral degree program, the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). The program is designed to graduate oral health professionals with strong competencies in health promotion and disease prevention, diagnosis, evidence-based practice, communication, collaboration, and community engagement. The DMD features small group learning that is interdisciplinary in nature and prompted through the use of clinical cases.

Students are immersed in Chicago’s vibrant community the first day they enter the College. Community engagement is facilitated through various service projects, including clinical rotations during the fourth year of the DMD program. Students can choose from carefully selected service-learning experiences in community-based settings in Chicago, throughout Illinois and the United States, as well as internationally. These experiences allow students to provide care to the underserved, urban, rural, and special needs populations including children, developmentally disabled, HIV positive and geriatric patients. Our innovative and comprehensive academic programs, excellent faculty, strong research focus, and location in a world-class city set us apart from other oral health colleges.

The College of Dentistry Urban Health Program prides itself with offering programming to recruit, retain, and graduate the next generation of leaders that will advance oral health equity.

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College of Medicine Heading link

On all four sites, (Chicago, Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana) of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, COM-UHP offers a variety of programs and services for students who are underrepresented in medicine (URiM) specifically African-Americans, Native Americans, Latinos/as, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds that: attract talent, provide access to medical education, support even progression and academic excellence, as well as develop leaders who will advance health equity. Since 1969, COM-UHP has assisted more than 2,000 African-American, Native American and Latino/a student in gaining admission to and graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine.

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College of Nursing Heading link

The College of Nursing’s mission is to transforms health, healthcare, and policy through knowledge generation and translation, and education of future leaders from diverse backgrounds. The College of Nursing Urban Health Program prides itself with being a support leadership program seeking to educate the next generation of nurse leaders in both clinical practice and research. We achieve this by offering academic advisement, connection to campus resources, and fostering professional development at the local, national, and international level.

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College of Pharmacy Heading link

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree is the highest level of professional education in pharmacy and has been approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as the sole entry level degree for the profession. The curriculum emphasizes a patient-centered course of study and provides a structure that will enable our students to develop into reflective practitioners with skills and attitudes to anticipate change and criticize, evaluate, and modify practice in a changing health care arena. The curriculum also provides a fundamental core of knowledge, skills, and attitudes, which in composite, promote the fulfillment of the adopted professional competencies for a generalist practitioner who delivers pharmaceutical care.

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Graduate College Heading link

The Graduate College Office for Recruitment and Diversity Affairs furthers UIC’s commitment to a diverse and enriched educational environment. We offer professional development, fellowships, and other initiatives to recruit, retain, and ensure the success of underrepresented graduate students.

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School of Public Health Heading link

The UIC School of Public Health is committed to diversity in its many facets. By celebrating the unique contributions of students, faculty, and staff, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) supports a more enriching learning environment and foster a truly global community.

At the SPH, diversity is the inclusive, welcoming, stimulating climate shared by all members of this community. Students, faculty, staff, and community partners convene from different geographic locations, religious backgrounds, political viewpoints, and social/cultural perspectives. ODI celebrates these differences as a source of provocative, robust, and respectful discourse and debate and as a pathway to equity.


Student Focused: Recruitment, Retention, and Practice

Faculty Support: Collaboration, Research, Recruitment, and Retention

Management/Leadership: SPH Diversity Initiatives, Community Outreach, and SPH UHP Management

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Early Outreach Program Heading link

The Early Outreach Program is a pre-college academic initiative that offers a Saturday Enrichment Program and summer learning experiences that inspire independence, curiosity, confidence, leadership and collaboration. Our six-week summer programs provide academic reinforcement and emotional and social support for students during the summer break. Students take part in fun activities at the UIC Recreational Center, attend exciting Friday field trips, and recharge themselves and get acquainted with peers during our free lunch served Monday – Friday.

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Jane Addams College of Social Work Heading link

Jane Addams believed that social workers need to be part of the community in order to make real positive change for the people who live there. Because of that belief, she founded Hull-House, where she lived and worked alongside the poor and marginalized families of Chicago’s West Side.

Jane Addams College of Social Work is the place for people who are committed to carrying forward that legacy, people who have the same dedication to working with and on behalf of vulnerable populations living in marginalized urban communities:

  • Social workers are dedicated to advancing social, racial, and economic justice.
  • They are compassionate and empathetic and use evidence-based practice and research to serve individuals, families, and communities.
  • They are ready to advocate for the poor, the oppressed, racial and ethnic minorities, and other at-risk urban populations.
  • They are dedicated to being a change agent, with the power to help transform entire communities

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