Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Population-Based Infection Control and Environmental Safety

Loyola’s Population-based Infection Control & Environmental Safety degree program builds on a strong core of graduate nursing content that includes community health theory, research, and ethics. 

  • The degree offers full-time enrollment
    - Average time to completion (full time): 2–3 years
  • The degree offers part-time enrollment
    - Average time to completion (part time): 3–5 years
  • This degree can be earned completely online; some on-campus evening courses are also available.


Loyola has collaborative partnerships in health care settings throughout the Chicagoland area. Many of these sites are in medically underserved areas. Faculty members design the clinical practicums and guide students in the selection of appropriate clinical sites.
As art of your clinical practicum, you will have opportunities to work in institutional and community settings and participate in programs designed to enhance the health of vulnerable populations.

Once you graduate, you’ll be prepared to be more community and population-focused and be ready to assume a clinical or leadership role in a variety of health care settings, including:

  • Careers as hospital-based infection preventionists with the ability to function as expert clinicians as well as managers and leaders
  • Leadership roles in infection prevention in community institutions such as long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, and schools
  • System-wide and consultation roles in infection prevention within local, state, and national health departments
  • System-wide roles in health policy, infection prevention, quality and safety in regulatory agencies and professional organizations

Career services are available—learn more at LUC.edu/career.

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing has been successfully educating graduate nurses for more than 50 years. The School is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The program will be instrumental in helping you prepare for the certification exam offered by the Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC). Graduates who seek positions in public health agencies are eligible to sit for the Public Health Nurse Advanced certification examination after completion of 2,000 practice hours in a public health/community health agency.

  • Study abroad: We encourage you to hone skills and build your network through intensive courses around the world. Study abroad is open to fulland part-time students. The School of Nursing offers annual study abroad trips to Belize.
  • Student organizations: Graduate Student Nursing Association (GSNA), Student Committee on InterProfessional Education (SCIPEC)
  • Service learning: You will have an opportunity to participate in an International Service Immersion as part of a collaboration between Campus Ministry and the School of Nursing.

Our faculty and clinical preceptors are experts in their fields and hold national certifications in their areas of specialization. They have a wide variety of clinical and research interests and are well respected in their areas of professional specialty.

All MSN applicants must have a current U.S. nursing license.

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