AHS sets $15 million IGNITE campaign fundraising goal

UIC has launched a new fundraising campaign, IGNITE, to raise $750 million in support of teaching and research for the university.

“The IGNITE campaign will join us together in rallying around our priorities and purpose, and raising the funds it will take to achieve our ambitious plans and become the model for public higher education in the 21st century,” said UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis.

The College of Applied Health Sciences has set an IGNITE fundraising goal of $15 million for initiatives to drive discovery, serve the Chicago region and beyond, and empower a new generation of students to lead in a changing world.

Funds raised by the college’s IGNITE campaign will support:

  • scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to make education accessible and affordable to a diverse student body
  • innovative education, including an interactive simulation center that provides practical experience with patients and other members of the health care team
  • endowed chairs and professorships to attract and retain top faculty
  • new and expanded programs for community outreach.

AHS offers some of the nation’s best and most innovative programs in health care research and education, including top nationwide ratings for graduate programs in occupational therapy, physical therapy and kinesiology and nutrition. The college developed the first Ph.D. program of its kind in disabilities studies, the country’s first accredited online master’s degree for health informatics and the nation’s largest program in medical illustration.

AHS faculty and students explore the intersection of health, disability, prevention and rehabilitation. Research focuses on areas such as health disparities, fall prevention, cardiovascular health, disability policy, health promotion and health systems.