Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Infection Prevention

Loyola University Chicago offers the nation’s first accredited program to prepare nurses at the Master’s level in the specialty area of Infection Prevention.

The need for well-educated nurses to meet the challenges of health care associated infections, patient safety, and emerging infections has never been greater. Course work and clinical practica prepare graduates to be expert IP practitioners, collaborative team members, and change champions. As a Jesuit University, Loyola is committed to excellence in education, patient care, and social justice. 

Graduates assume leadership roles that are population focused, evidence-based, and enhance health care quality and safety.  Currently, Loyola Infection Prevention graduates are filling IP practice and leadership roles in large academic health centers, community hospitals and ambulatory care centers, state and local health departments, at Veterans Administration facilities and at the Joint Commission. 

Loyola is a veteran-friendly school and can accommodate active duty personnel seeking graduate education in infection prevention.

Program Details    IP MSN Program Sheet 2020

  • Well-established, fully accredited, nationally ranked graduate nursing program with expert faculty and graduates with a track record of excellence in infection prevention.
  • Fully online program in which students gain knowledge and skills through online courses, expert mentorship, and interactions with graduate students in nursing and public health who share their passion for infection prevention, patient safety and quality care. 
  • Individualized practicum experiences designed and supervised by Loyola faculty with onsite preceptors near where students live and work. 
  • Curriculum congruent with competencies identified by the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to help students prepare for Certification in Infection Control (CIC). 
  • Coursework in epidemiology, immunology/microbiology, research, methods for infection prevention, and public health, as well as leadership/management, finance, outcomes performance management and quality and safety.
  • Interdisciplinary coursework and clinical practicums encouraged with Loyola’s Nutrition, Medical, MPH, Business, and Social Work students
  • Opportunities to work with diverse populations and underserved groups to meet social justice objectives 

For more information, please contact the program director, Diana Hackbarth, PhD, RN, FAAN, IP Program Director, dhackba@luc.edu or 708.216.3670