Urban Medicine and Health Care Disparities Scholarly Concentration

This concentration provides students with an understanding of the historical and contemporary barriers that exist for the nation’s medically underserved in urban areas. Through coursework, students will investigate authentic cross-cultural and linguistic issues in health care and be able to demonstrate how sensitivity to such issues improves health care for all. Through scholarly project work, students will act as advocates by developing interventions to address or reduce health disparities.

Northwest—Gary Campus MD Program

Medical students in Gary appreciate the remarkable accessibility to patients and the broad range of clinical experiences that a large and strong urban community can provide. Students benefit from working with volunteer faculty through 11 hospital affiliation partnerships in the area. This campus affords opportunities for students to work in primary care, behavioral health, community health centers, mental health agencies and more.

Sample Project Topics

The nature of the Scholarly Concentration programs allows for students to select project topics based upon their interest and faculty member expertise. Example project topics include:

  • Promoting health careers
  • Developing reproductive health curriculum
  • Documenting the value of community health workers
  • Reporting on factors to reduce the racial gap in infant mortality
  • Researching outcome measures of nutrition education


Tim Ames, MD

Tim Ames, MD

Director of Curriculum Development and Visiting Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Amy W. Han, PhD

Amy W. Han, PhD

Academic Specialist: Director, Clinical Education