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The Health Professions Navigator

Health Professions Navigator

The University of Illinois at Chicago Health Professions Navigator (UIC-HPN) is a collaboration between the School of Public Health, the College of Dentistry, and the College of Medicine offering programs designed to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and veterans in successfully navigating into careers within the health professions. The goals of these programs are to increase the enrollment and retention of students from underrepresented backgrounds in the UIC health sciences colleges. Through different campus and community partnerships, the Health Professions Navigator provides exposure to the health sciences and health professions with various hands-on activities and experiences.  The UIC-HPN consists of the five different programs as well as two conferences. 

GRE/MCAT/DAT Prep Program (GMDP)

The GRE/MCAT/DAT Prep Program is a six-week summer program. The purpose of this program is to prepare students from disadvantaged backgrounds to be competitive applicants for graduate or professional school. The core experience for program participants will be a test preparation course for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Dental Admissions Test (DAT), or Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) examinations. For more information, click here.

The Health Professions Navigator (HPN) Career Development Program

The purpose of the HPN Career Development Program is to support the retention and graduation of current students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled at the School of Public Health, the College of Medicine, and the College of Dentistry by providing academic as well as non-academic support. The HPN Career Development Program will offer year-round services to assist students in developing effective learning and study strategies based on their personal learning style. For more information, click here.

The Peer Educator Program

The Peer Educator Program is an opportunity for graduate students enrolled in the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) health sciences colleges to serve as positive role models and supplemental instructors for participants in the UIC-HPN programs. The goal of this program is to assist UIC-HPN participants in meeting their educational goals through meaningful peer interactions resulting in the improvement of their motivation and academic performance. For more information, click here.

The Research Training and Career Development Program (RTCP)

The Research Training and Career Development Program (RTCP) is an eight week summer program for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are interested in exploring potential careers in the health sciences, and to familiarize them with biomedical research opportunities. For more information, click here.

The Health Professions Navigator Scholars Program (HPN Scholars)

The Health Professions Navigator Scholars Program (HPN Scholars) is a professional development program for undergraduate students enrolled at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). The goal of HPN Scholars is to increase the number of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing health professions careers by offering mentoring and educational programming. For more information, click here.

The Illinois Health Professions Advisor Conference

This conference is designed to provide participants with take-away strategies to encourage and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds and veterans who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, or public health. The goal is to share information with high school and college advisors on how to help their students through the health professions pipeline and make them competitive applicants for graduate or professional school. For more information, click here.

The High School Health Science Careers Conference

The High School Health Science Careers Conference is designed to provide educational opportunities to high school teachers, counselors, and parents, as well as high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The conference offers students the opportunity to engage in different hands-on activities. For more information, click here.

 

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