Urban Health Program


The mission of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing (CON) Urban Health Program (UHP) is to recruit and retain through graduation, students groups, underrepresented in nursing specifically African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans, into the health professions. The UHP seeks to expand educational and research opportunities for these populations, at all academic levels (including pre-college), in order to develop underrepresented minority health care professionals, faculty, and researchers with the goals of eliminating health disparities and advancing health equity. 

Group photo of students from the Urbana Region

We are committed to:

  • Providing opportunities for early exposure to nursing education and careers for prospective students from traditionally underrepresented groups
  • Providing academic enrichment opportunities for the success and retention of all students
  • Promoting and supporting community initiatives and programs that address health disparities and community health
  • Partnering with High Schools, Colleges, and other educational organizations to engage students and personnel about the nursing profession and competitive admissions processes
  • Encouraging all students to serve in medically under served areas throughout the state of Illinois
  • Collaborating and promoting interdisciplinary programs and activities across the health sciences


The CON UHP seeks to educate the next generation of nursing leaders, from entry level to advanced practice (clinical, teaching and research); and to enhance the appreciation of cultural diversity in the College of Nursing, the University of Illinois at Chicago and society at large. This is achieved by offering students support services in the following areas:

  • Academic advising and mentoring
  • Tutoring and referral to university resources
  • Professional development and networking activities
  • Academic enrichment workshops
  • Sponsorship to attend local and national conferences
  • Assistance identifying scholarships

Once enrolled, a network of the UHP staff and the CON faculty assist students with transitioning to their new role of "nursing student".  Each UHP student is assigned an academic advisor and matched with a peer mentor to assist with the transition. Retention activities are designed to strengthen academic skills and achievement, provide a supportive psychosocial environment, and to increase awareness of nursing opportunities and issues/trends in nursing and health care.

Academic support includes academic advisement, individual and group tutoring, and a connection to university resources, such as the Academic Center for Excellence (offering individual and group workshops on college survival skills related to time management, stress management, study skills and test-taking) and the Writing Center.


The CON encourages and directs students to pursue leadership roles at the local, national and international levels. In addition to the UHP, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of professional socialization activities, such as the Nursing Student Council, the National Student Nurses Association, the Graduate Student Organization, the Honors College, mentored research programs, seminars, workshops, and professional nursing conferences throughout the U.S. There are also opportunities to study abroad and to conduct research.

Urban Health Program Team:

Students also receive support from the entire UIC campus community to ensure their success. The UHP team and the Office of Academic Programs staff offer pre-admission advising and group information sessions to ensure that prospective applicants receive accurate information about the CONÔÇÖs nursing programs, and select the best fit for your interests and goals. Contact the College of Nursing UHP office to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions at 312.996.0810 or uhpcon@uic.edu.

UIC and Nursing Resources:

If you are interested in other health science Urban Health Programs at UIC, please contact the UIC Urban Health Program Administrative office at 312.996.7727 or visit: http://www.uic.edu/depts/uhealth/

Campus special support service programs for underrepresented ethnic groups at UIC include:

  • African American Academic Network: 312.996.5040
  • Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services: 312.996.3356
  • Native American Support Program: 312.996.4515
  • Academic Center for Excellence: 312.413.0031

The following organizations offer special support services to underrepresented nurses and nursing students: