Urban Health Program

The mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Applied Health Sciences Urban Health Program is to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, specifically African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, in 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 UHP effort was designed to increase enrollment and graduations of underrepresented minorities (URM) – Blacks, Latinos, (Mexicans and Mainland Puerto Ricans), and Native Americans who were interested in pursuing a health professions education.  The UHP funding was to facilitate the attainment of the overall objective of reaching parity in the production of underrepresented health professionals to their representation in the state.  The intent was to recruit from urban communities with the hope that the majority of students would return to these communities to practice.