The University of Illinois at Chicago is an incubator for life-saving research and an educator of more physicians, nurses, dentists and pharmacists for Illinois than any other school. Its seven health science colleges, which include Applied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Social Work, actively integrate teaching, research and service while fostering compassion, dedication and advocacy.
College of Applied Health Sciences
Dean, Bo Fernhall, PhD
Nationally prominent in research, service, and education, the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences is a leader in applied rehabilitation and disability studies. The college houses five departments: biomedical and health information sciences, disability and human development, kinesiology and nutrition, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. It also offers a variety of degree options, including five bachelor’s degrees, seven master’s degrees, two professional doctoral programs and four doctoral programs.
The College of Applied Health Sciences boasts eight academic programs that are ranked int he top 25 in their discipline. Specifically, the MS in occupational therapy program ranked #1 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report; the doctorate in physical therapy program ranked #6 among public universities by U.S. News & World Report; it’s home to the world’s first accredited online MS in health bioinformatics program, and the masters in biomedical visualization program is the second oldest program of its kind and currently the largest in the nation.
College of Dentistry
Dean, Clark Stanford, PhD, DDS
The UIC College of Dentistry trains healthcare professionals, educators, and scientists in the oral health sciences. Offering integrated educational programs based upon advanced technology, and UIC’s centers of research excellence, the college provides student-oriented education programs that prepare individuals for the thoughtful, ethical practice of dentistry and the life-long learning process associated with the profession. More than one in three dentists in Illinois were trained at UIC.
College of Medicine
Interim Executive Dean, Charles Ray, MD, PhD
Educate. Innovate. Serve. For more than 130 years these three pillars have guided the work of the University of Illinois College of Medicine and helped it emerge as a world-renowned center of medical education and research.
The mission of the College of Medicine is to enhance the health of the citizens of Illinois by educating physicians, biomedical scientists and innovators, advancing knowledge of health and disease, and providing health care in a setting of education and research.
Consistently ranked among the largest schools of medicine in the nation, it trains more new physicians, residents and fellows than at any other medical school in the country. More than one in three physicians currently practicing in Illinois has trained here, and one in five physicians in Illinois received their MD at the College of Medicine.
The University of Illinois College of Medicine also graduates more African American students than any other U.S. medical school, except Howard and Meharry universities. Almost 50 percent of all African American and Latino health care professionals in Illinois and up to 70 percent in Chicago are alumni of UIC’s health science colleges and schools.
The University of Illinois College of Medicine has campuses located in:
College of Nursing
Dean, Terri E. Weaver, PhD, RN
Recognizing the need to expand and diversify the nation’s nursing workforce, the UIC College of Nursing offers five regional programs, five degree and seven certificate programs. Nearly 13,000 nurses across the country, including over 8,000 practicing nurses in IL trained at UIC, which is a testament to the critical role the College of Nursing plays in nurse education. The college boasts award-winning faculty and has wide-ranging grant support. The program routinely ranks among the nation’s top 10.
The UIC College of Nursing has five regional campuses:
College of Pharmacy
Dean, Glen Schumock, PhD, MBA
The UIC College of Pharmacy offers a four-year professional degree program that leads to PharmD, the highest level of professional education in the pharmaceutical field, as well as other programs leading to six master’s degrees and four doctorate degrees that cover a spectrum of research areas within the pharmaceutical sciences. The program routinely ranks among the nation’s top 10 and is currently ranked #6 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. One in three practicing pharmacists received their training at UIC.
The UIC College of Pharmacy has a regional campus in Rockford.
School of Public Health
Dean, Wayne Giles, MD, MS
The UIC School of Public Health is committed to eliminating health disparities and bringing public health solutions to communities in need by combining academic excellence with cutting-edge research and engaged community-based practice.
The School of Public Health is dedicated to excellence in protecting and improving the health and well-being of the people of the metropolitan Chicago area, the State of Illinois and the nation, and of others throughout the world. The School achieves this mission by: educating scientists, professionals and the public; conducting research to develop solutions to public health problems; providing public health service; and formulating public health policy.
The UIC School of Public Health is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public health (CEPH) and is the only fully accredited school of public health in Illinois. The school includes four divisions: community health sciences, environmental and occupational health sciences, epidemiology and biostatistics and health policy and administration.
Jane Addams College of Social Work
Dean, Creasie Finney Hairston, PhD
The Jane Addams College of Social Work at UIC carries forward the mission of Jane Addams and the Hull-House movement, adapting social work to the needs and realities of today’s urban settings.
As a premier institution for graduate study, the college is a recognized leader in social work research, education and service. Faculty, staff and students share a commitment to social justice and a passion for making a difference in the world, working with communities, policymakers, agencies and individuals.
Nearly one in four social workers in Illinois were trained at UIC.