There has never been a more important time to be involved in public health sciences – as students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners.
Our faculty are committed to Loyola’s Jesuit values of social justice, care for people living at the margins, and being women and men for and with others through their teaching, research, and service.
Grounded in the Jesuit tradition of social justice, our mission is to prepare public health professionals through collaborative community-engaged education, ethical practice, research, and service to improve population health.
The Loyola University Public Health vision is striving to help all communities achieve their full potential for healthy lives.
Goal 1: Provide comprehensive and high quality public health education.
Goal 2: Develop and sustain public health research and scholarship through local and global partnerships.
Goal 3: Develop, promote, and sustain community-based and other external partnerships with organizations at the local and global levels.
Goal 4: Recruit, retain, and graduate a diverse student population.
- Preventing harm and promoting health are the foundations of healthy communities. Our emphasis is on collective health, well-being, and prevention.
- Everyone deserves to achieve the highest level of health. We commit ourselves to the idea that everyone deserves the opportunities they need to thrive to their highest potential and attain healthy lives.
- We are stronger together. Collaboration and cooperation are necessary for innovative solutions to community problems. Practicing humility, showing respect for the rights, dignity, and worth of individuals, and being curious help establish diverse and inclusive communities that are equipped to tackle our greatest challenges
- We are guided by scientific reasoning and evidence-based knowledge. Action is the desired outcome--whether through implementing evidence-based interventions, conducting research, administering services, or advocating for policy changes. Intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning are our drive in the search for cutting-edge and lasting solutions.
- We are committed to professionalism in all endeavors. We promote the highest standards of accountability, leadership, respect, and ethical practice to foster an environment of trust and integrity.
Public Health Faculty
|Department Public Health|
|Department Chair, Amy Luke|
|Department Vice Chair, Ruth Kafenztok|
|BS, Public Health Program Director, Julie Darnell|
|MS Clinical Research Methods and Epidemiology Program Director, Lara Dugas|
|MPH Public Health Program Director, David Shoham|
|Emeritus, Richard Cooper|
Education in our department involves rigorous training in both the theoretical and applied aspects of public health. Students receive a strong foundation in the history of and basic principles involved in public health policy, epidemiology, and biostatistics to understand the social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health at the population level. Students apply this foundational knowledge in coursework when they conduct asset mapping in our local communities, write grants for local non-profit organizations, and complete internships in area health departments.
Research has been central to our department since Dr. Richard Cooper spearheaded the first international study of the prevalence and determinants of hypertension in populations of African descent over 30 years ago. From this beginning, we have grown our research portfolio to include clinical trials on disease management, extensive studies on the roles of energy expenditure and the gut microbiota on obesity, diabetes and other chronic conditions, social network analyses involving obesity and bladder health, health services research to understand inequities in access and care, and so much more. Our faculty come together from a variety of disciplines, such as public health, medicine, nutrition, social services and exercise science, to create truly transdisciplinary research teams.
Faculty involve students at every level of their research, from study design to manuscript preparation, and embed students in faculty-led, community engagement activities, from healthy lifestyle programs to informal community needs assessments. Our faculty are “hands-on,” helping undergraduate and master students get the most out of their public health experience at Loyola. This commitment to our students extends from the time they enroll to long after graduation, when former Parkinson School students become Parkinson School public health experts.
Public Health Sciences
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As Loyola University Public Health Programs are up for accreditation, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) gives stakeholders the opportunity to offer confidential feedback on Loyola University Public Health programs directly to CEPH in order to inform the accreditation review process. More information and details can be found on the Accreditation Third Party Comments Page.