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Parkinson - About Overview

Our Mission

We are committed to improving population health and health care systems

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health advances knowledge through innovative research, educates students to become successful health professionals, and inspires a vigorous commitment to service. Students, faculty, and staff are immersed in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment committed to social justice in the Jesuit tradition. 

The 5 Pillars of the Parkinson School

Understanding the health continuum

We think and teach beyond the clinical encounter because lasting transformation requires big-picture, “upstream and downstream” perspectives.

Translating insights into intentionality
We generate knowledge that cracks open difficult health challenges and leads to lasting, on-the-ground impact especially for historically marginalized populations.

Meeting the demands of allyship
As issues around health become increasingly contentious, making a difference requires professionals who can reconcile and build on the wide range of stakeholders’ needs.

Learning by continually doing
Experiential learning—and reflecting on those experiences —is central to a Parkinson School education.  

The Loyola Way
Cura personalis—a Latin phrase translating to “care for the entire person”—defines how we teach and the professionals we form.


In 2019, Loyola University Chicago established the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health. The school was named after Robert L. Parkinson Jr. (BBA ’73, MBA ’75) and Elizabeth (Betty) (BS ’75). two engaged alumni who believed in Loyola’s mission commitment and generosity. Their gift helped to create student scholarships, the dean’s endowment for strategic initiatives, and the Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Parkinson was chairman of Loyola University Chicago’s Board of Trustees. The Parkinsons have supported an array of University projects and initiatives, including service on the Quinlan School of Business Board of Advisors, the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Student Life, and the Stritch School of Medicine Annual Award Dinner Committee. Mr. Parkinson was the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., former president and COO of Abbott Laboratories, and dean of Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business from 2002 to 2004. He received the 2001 Quinlan School of Business Distinguished Leadership Award.

"Bob and I believe that access to quality health care is a right, and good health is the foundation for strong families, individuals, and communities." Elizabeth Parkinson
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See how our graduates will change health care

The health care work force of the future depends on professionals with specific skills across a range of disciplines. Parkinson School graduates will have the knowledge required to improve patient and population health and minimize health inequities.