Health Professions Navigator

The University of Illinois at Chicago Health Professions Navigator 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.

Health Professions Navigator Career Development Program

The purpose of the Career Development Program is to support the retention and graduation of current students 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 services to assist students in developing effective learning and study strategies based on their personal learning style.   More specifically, this program will support enrolled students by providing study aids for board exams such as the USMLE Step Preparation, National Dental Board Exam and the Public Health Certification Exam.  Students will be provided with best practices for test taking strategies and preparedness, study strategies, as well as assistance in preparing an effective study plan for their exam preparation.

For additional information please contact the Health Professions Navigator Program at (312) 996-5511.

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. Peer educators will participate in an orientation to acclimate themselves to the fundamentals of peer educator relationships and to develop effective facilitation skills.They will work with participants in our GRE/MCAT/DAT Prep Program, as well as with our Health Professions Navigator Scholars.

To  be a Peer Educator, students must be currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program at the University of Illinois at Chicago,  and be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

For additional information please contact the Health Professions Navigator Program at (312) 996-5511.

Health Professions Navigator Scholars Program

The Health Professions Navigator Scholars Program (HPN Scholars) is a professional development program for undergraduate students enrolled at 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. Through interactions with students, faculty, staff, and practitioners, program participants will be exposed to issues related to health disparities as well as learn about the various pathways into the health sciences and health professions. The HPN Scholars program will help participants successfully navigate their undergraduate degree program and the admissions process for professional or graduate schools.  The program meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Program Eligibility

  • UIC undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in a health science profession
  • Applicants must self-identify as coming from an economically and educationally disadvantaged background
  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Programming has ended as of August 2019.