College of Medicine Urban Health Program (COM-UHP)

Access. Excellence. Leadership.

Developing Leaders to Advance Health Equity!

The College of Medicine Urban Health Program (COM-UHP) has a proven track record of developing leaders who will advance health equity. On all four sites of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, COM-UHP offers a variety of longitudinal 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, and promote leadership within the health equity arena. Since its inception in 1969, COM-UHP has assisted more than 2,000 African-American, Native American and Latino/a students in gaining admission to and graduating from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

What is urban health?

Urban health is an area of health care focused on the unique medical concerns which dominate large metropolitan areas along with social concerns that affect lives and access to healthy living. The Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization acknowledge the relationship between health and the social determinants of health (such as education, income, housing, air quality, health insurance, risk behaviors, and environmental hazards) when defining urban health.

COM-UHP Celebrates Black History Month

What is Black History Month?

Black History Month is a month-long observance devoted to education about the history of Black people and the celebration of their contributions to history.

The setting aside of a month to recognize Black history is based on the idea that it is important to give special attention to such stories because they are often erased, excluded, or ignored due to racism and the teaching of history in a way that has been historically dominated by a focus on white culture.

Black History Month originated in the US, where it focuses on the role of Black people in US history. It is also celebrated in other countries, such as Canada and the UK, with the focus on the role of Black people in the particular nation’s history.

Faculty Development Speakers Series: Celebrating Black History Month

Faculty Development Speakers Series: Celebrating Black History Month

Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Newsletter

Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Newsletter

UIC Center for Student Involvement Event Schedule

UIC Center for Student Involvement Event Schedule