Diversity: Programs & Mentorship

The University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center has a number ongoing programs and many in development aimed at creating pathways for students interested in health professions careers.

Academic Health Center-Wide

Academic Health Center Pathways Program
In development: An evidence-based interprofessional pipeline pathway curriculum to attract and retain diverse students from urban and rural communities to health professions programs.

Academic Health Center Educational Pipeline Program
In development: A collaborative pipeline aimed at K through 12 and first- through fourth-year college students, with interprofessional education components.

Urban Universities for HEALTH Project
In progress: A project aimed at increasing the quality of evidence-based data within universities to develop a health care workforce that reduces health disparities; identifying measures that institutions can use to assess progress and drive great impact; and dissemination of new knowledge, tools, and resources to assist universities and academic medical centers in increasing their capacity and contributions.

Allied Health Sciences

Connections Mentoring Program
Mentorships, job shadowing and professional role modeling opportunities.

Hughes High School Pathways Program
Dual-credit medical terminology course, tutoring and power lunches.


TAP MD, LaSalle Scholars
Science enrichment classes, shadowing experiences and faculty lectures.

Connections Dual Admissions Program
Mentoring and guidance to support academic growth in pre-medical studies at the undergraduate level; service and medically-related experiences.

A 7-week pre-first-year summer bridge program, academic support and enrichment throughout baccalaureate degree in science pre-med.


Pharmacy in Learning and Leading (PILL)
Shadowing and mentoring. 


Advising Minorities By Inspiring & Transforming Them Into Outstanding Nurses (AMBITION) aims to improve the diversity of the nursing program at the university through a student-led, faculty advised mentoring system.

Leadership 2.0

The Leadership 2.0 Program is a comprehensive program that seeks to increase the number of first generation, underrepresented ethnically and/or economically disadvantaged students in the College of Nursing while helping such students achieve excellence in college and beyond. The program includes a pre-college outreach program, summer bridge program, as well as campus-wide academic support and retention activities.