Preparing the health care
leaders of tomorrow
When Duwa Alebdy decided to become a doctor, she knew she wanted to improve both the health of individual patients and larger communities. So Alebdy chose to enroll in the joint MD/Master of Public Health program at Loyola University Chicago.
“I was not satisfied pursuing medicine alone,” said Alebdy, currently a first-year student at Loyola. “Though I understood the importance of helping patients on an individual level, I also understood that I could potentially have even more of an impact by pursuing public health.”
Alebdy understands that health care in the United States is a complex—and changing—field. She wants to make a difference by improving health care delivery and access among diverse populations, and to do that, Alebdy knew she needed to gain a broad understanding of health policy and management. That desire led her to study public health sciences at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine. But starting this fall, her studies will take place in the University’s new Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health.
“Though public health and medicine can and should work alongside each other, I think it is important to acknowledge that the two are separate fields,” Alebdy said.
“Public health contributes to the well-being of populations just as much as the field of medicine, and Loyola launching a separate school shows that the institution acknowledges, understands, and respects this difference.”— Duwa Alebdy, MD/MPH '22
The Parkinson School—named in honor of alumni Robert L. and Elizabeth M. Parkinson, who have given a $20 million lead gift to the school—will bring together existing programs from Stritch, the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and the Graduate School, as well as new programs. Students studying public health, health informatics, dietetics, exercise science, epidemiology, and medical lab science will now have their own dedicated school. In addition, the Parkinson School will launch three brand-new degree programs: a BS in public health sciences, an MS in exercise science, and an MS in health informatics.
Bringing all of Loyola’s health sciences and public health programs together into one school will better serve Loyola students, patients, and communities in the Chicagoland area and beyond.
“The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health will transform health care education to prepare the health care workforce of the future,” said Loyola President Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD. “Loyola’s Health Sciences Division has a proven 40-year track record of innovative technology applications in health care, health care education, clinical research, and academic medical center operations. The Parkinson School is the next step in the evolution of Loyola’s Health Sciences Division and another example of Loyola’s commitment to rolling up our sleeves and championing access and equity.”