About Us


The Early Outreach Program (EOP) was established in 1979 as the pre-college, academic pipeline program to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Urban Health Program. The first program, Saturday College, was implemented in January 1980 and has since been the model from which all other programs have been developed. From this position, we were among the first programs on the UIC campus to recognize the opportunity for educational enrichment in the core content areas of reading, math, and science, and its specific application to health-sciences preparation and urban health equity. As an affiliate of the UIC Urban Health Program – the leading force for increasing minorities within the field of health professions and health-sciences – we strive to motivate and inform students about the persistent health disparities in minority populations and each student’s role in effecting change. The academic enrichment programs we coordinate have one of the university’s largest summer and academic year enrollments with more than 300 students in grades K-12 and nearly 70% of EOP academic year and summer programs students coming from Chicago Public Schools. The program’s ultimate goal is to maximize our students’ ability to matriculate into high-school, higher education, and postgraduate health-science programs of their choice and to further enable them to earn careers as knowledgeable healthcare professionals, teacher educators, and policy makers capable of growing our global society.


Name The Urban Health Early Outreach Program
Location University of Illinois at Chicago
Type of Program K-12 STEM Academic Pipeline
Department The Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Diversity Tyrone Forman, Ph.D.
Director Joy Valentine, M.EdL.
Classroom Buildings Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB), Science and Engineering Lab (SEL), College of Education (ETMSW), Student Recreational Facility (SRF), Student Services Building (SSB)
Campus Collaborators College of Applied Health Sciences, College of Dentistry, College of Education, College of Medicine (Microbiology and Immunology), College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, CHANCE Program, Women’s Leadership Resource Center
Graduation Rate 100%
College Acceptance Rate 100%
Student Ethnicity 55% Black or African American; 37% Hispanic or Latino; 7% Asian; 1% White
Average Number of Years in EOP 6.5
Average ACT Composite Score 23 (Illinois average 20.7; National average 21*)
University of Illinois Systems Schools Enrollment 42%
Top Three High Schools Represented Lincoln Park High School (Chicago Public); Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy (Chicago Charter); Whitney M. Young Magnet High School (Chicago Public)
Alumni More than 11,000 since 1982
Staff 4

*Source: www.act.org