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Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

Loyola’s Health Sciences Division has a 40-year track record of innovative technology applications in health care, health care education, clinical research and academic medical center operations. Launched in early 2019, the Parkinson School creates new opportunities for existing programs and schools across Loyola, creating more transdisciplinary collaboration. 

This fall, we will introduce three new programs: Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences, Master of Science in Exercise Science, and Master of Science in Health Care Informatics that complement six ongoing programs. One of those ongoing programs, our Public Health Sciences graduate program, was named among the top 100 programs of its kind in the country and third in the Chicago area by U.S. News and World Report in its 2020 rankings. We anticipate adding 16 new degree programs during the next three years; classes will be held at locations across the University’s three Chicagoland campuses (Health Sciences, Lake Shore, and Water Tower). 

Parkinson graduates will have the ability to use data to improve patient and population health as they strive to improve accessibility and health equity in local communities and beyond. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care occupations are projected to grow 18 percent from 2016-2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

The Parkinson School’s flexible, tiered degree approach offers master and bachelor degrees, along with certificate and boot camp programs for people in the workforce who want to develop additional skills. Hybrid and online programs meet students when and where they are ready to learn.

Explore degree programs, schedule a campus visit, or talk with students and faculty -- I invite you to learn more about the Parkinson School – the latest example of Loyola’s Ignatian heritage and our commitment to developing people who will make a difference as “persons for others.”   

Kathleen Bobay, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Interim Dean