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Urban Health Program

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The Urban Health Program (UHP) was established in 1978, to recruit and support students from underrepresented minority groups, specifically African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, into graduate and professional degree programs leading to health related careers. The ultimate goal of the program is to train a cadre of underrepresented health professionals dedicated to improving the quality and availability of healthcare in undeserved urban areas. 

The Urban Health Program consists of individual offices in each of the Health Science Colleges at the University of Illinois of Chicago and the Graduate College that develop college specific programs and activities. Most importantly, they provide focused support and resources related to recruitment and retention efforts.  These services and outreach efforts extend to the Health Science Programs located on all other U of I campuses as well, including Champaign/Urbana, Rockford, and the Chicagoland area. 

The Undergraduate program focuses on student organizations and support programs geared towards preparing students for health related graduate and professional schools. The Early Outreach program (EOP) targets students in elementary, middle and high schools creating a pipeline program. 

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