UIC Health Profession Cohort

Infograhic of UIC 7 health science colleges

Introducing the UIC Health Professions Cohort

Did you know that health professionals contribute to research as investigators and study participants? The UIC Health Professions Cohort (UIC-HPC) will develop a research cohort of current UIC health sciences students enrolled in a degree program that prepares its graduates to enter a healthcare profession. Using this cohort, we will measure the demographics, health and wellness, education, career choices, and other factors for health professional students at UIC and compare these metrics within programs, across programs, and to the general public!

In the past, cohort studies conducted on healthcare professionals led to groundbreaking discoveries, such as the use of aspirin for MI prevention; however, these studies lacked gender or racial diversity and sampled populations at an older age. Based on the diversity of the UIC health professions students, faculty and staff, the UIC-HPC should host a diverse study population to strengthen the generalizability of cohort studies that use health professionals as study participants.

The UIC-HPC program will launch in Spring of 2021 with its premiere study which aims to Track the Health of Health Professional Students at University of Illinois at Chicago (HOLISTIC) through the use of the CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) scale. Topics such as mental health, clinical preparedness, or study habits can be studied using this same registry of students should students choose to participate.

Participate in the UIC-HPC's HOLISTIC Study!

Participate in the UIC-HPC’s HOLISTIC study, a holistic (no pun intended) way for us to learn about the health of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) health professional students. Your participation can highlight the unique health needs among our students and help shape college-wide programs.

Eligible participants will receive an Amazon e-gift card after completion of the questionnaire!

To be eligible to participate, you must be a student in one of the seven health sciences colleges, including:

  • Applied Health Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

Click HERE for more information on the questionnaire. The HOLISTIC survey link has been sent to eligible participants’ UIC emails.

Please contact Dr. Keehn or email HOLISTIC@uic.edu with any questions.

UIC Health Profession Cohort Presentation

We encourage you to view the UIC Health Professions Cohort Presentation which provides additional information. Please reach out if there are any questions and we look forward to advancing this initiative at UIC.