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UIC: Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2020

In 2020, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health celebrates 50 years of strengthening public health in Chicago neighborhoods and communities around the world.

With the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965, tens of millions of Americans gained access to formal health care systems. With the rise in patient care came demand for public health professionals to provide a scientific basis for decision-making in health services. At the same time, the ongoing Civil Rights Movement and the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago brought into focus social, economic and health inequities plaguing American society.

In 1970, with its fledgling mission borne from these events preceding it, the State of Illinois’ first fully accredited school of public health launched at what was then known as the University of Illinois Medical Center, Chicago. Fifty years onward, the UIC School of Public Health remains the only fully accredited school of public health in the state.

It’s a nice accolade, but a better calling card is the school’s history of meeting the evolving public health needs of communities in Chicago and around the globe.

Read more about UIC’s history and a timeline of impact.

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