Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School

Biomedical Sciences

Programs in the Biomedical Sciences at Loyola emphasize intellectual rigor and a thirst for scientific truth and discovery. 

The Doctorate in Bioethics (DBe) meets the growing need for advanced training in bioethics for professionals with responsibilities related to bioethics and health policy. Individuals may serve as chair of an ethics committee, perform clinical ethics consultations, have ethics-oriented administrative work, or act as a steward for issues central to their institution’s mission.

Loyola’s Bioethics and Health Policy programs are ideal for health care professionals, research scientists, social workers, clergy, academics, and others looking to take greater leadership roles within their chosen profession. Loyola offers the only master’s degree program in bioethics in the United States that can be taken entirely online. 

The MS in Clinical Research Methods can be regarded as a “value-added” degree for individuals already holding a health care professional degree. The program provides the skills needed to obtain independent funding, complete research projects, and further advance clinical medicine.

Microbial infectious diseases are among the most profound health challenges facing humanity today. With the increasing need for translationally trained researchers, the MS in Infectious Disease and Immunology offers a strong foundation of skills for those looking forward to careers in the research field. 

The Integrated Program in the Biomedical Sciences (IPBS) PhD program encompasses all of our Biomedical Sciences disciplines, thus providing students with greater options prior to making a career decision. PhD Students enter with no formal commitment to a track and following first-year laboratory rotations, they select a mentor and one of the existing tracks of study.

The IPBS tracks include: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell and Molecular Physiology, Integrative Cell Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and Neuroscience.

Loyola’s interactive group of faculty work together toward the understanding of neuro-regeneration, pain, and the development of stem cells and lymphocytes associated with aging and transplantation. The program also emphasizes interdisciplinary research areas such as injury models, neuroimmunology and neuroendocrinology, and research that may benefit clinical application.

The Medical Physiology track offers a solid foundation in basic medical sciences including biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, molecular biology, physiology and pathophysiology, with cardiovascular research as the major focus. Doctoral graduates work as bench scientists, in teaching, or in scientific administration.

The Masters of Science in Medical Physiology program is a one year, non-thesis program designed for college graduates interested in strengthening their understanding of medical physiology. Graduates are equipped to succeed in medical or dental school programs.

This track prepares students for careers in microbiology, virology, immunology, and molecular biology. Major areas of research are molecular and cellular immunology, neuroimmunology, cancer immunology, immunodermatology, mucosal immunology, viral immunology, molecular biology, genetics, pathogenic and diagnostic microbiology, molecular virology, viral pathogenesis, microbial genetics, and microbial physiology. 

The Molecular Biology program is an interdisciplinary program, offering students the opportunity to pursue research in molecular virology, eukaryotic and prokaryotic gene transcription and expression, bacteria/host symbiosis, eukaryotic and prokaryotic cellular stress responses, human cancer, molecular immunology, epigenetics, eukaryotic and prokaryotic genetics, molecular cardiology, and eukaryotic and prokaryotic signal transduction and signaling networks.

This track trains students for research and teaching in medical schools, research centers, and the pharmaceutical industry. Students gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of drug action, drug-receptor interactions, and cellular signal transduction. The combined MS/MBA is a joint program with the School of Business.

Loyola's interdisciplinary Neuroscience track provides a rich, stimulating, and supportive research atmosphere that enables students to appreciate the whole spectrum of neuroscience research, from the molecular to the behavioral.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree is ideal for individuals aspiring to leadership careers in the diverse and growing field of public health. The program reflects Loyola’s Jesuit tradition for social justice as it prepares students to become advocates for positive social change. For the dual degree, MPH courses are taken during a gap year between students’ third and fourth year of medical school.

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.