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Applied Health Sciences

Health Sciences. Applied.

At its heart, Applied Health Sciences is foundational and collaborative. Our faculty and students engage in research to advance knowledge in their fields with the goal of improving lives through better health. Like the department’s disciplines, our research addresses timely needs in communities near and far: from laboratories to local neighborhoods. By bringing all these disciplines within one department and within one school, we can foster essential partnerships, inter-disciplinary teaching (and learning), and collaborative research.

Department Spotlight

Student Spotlight

As a Parkinson Scholar, Amanda is dedicated to using her education to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes in her community. Learn how she plans to use her Master of Science in Dietetics to do just that. Read more.

“Although we don’t see a patient’s face, each sample that comes in is a person” says instructor Kristen Pesavento. “We know there is someone behind these results, every single test, every patient, every day.”
“Although we don’t see a patient’s face, each sample that comes in is a person” says instructor Kristen Pesavento. “We know there is someone behind these results, every single test, every patient, every day.”

Research Highlights

Inventing a Solution

Medical Physics Program Director John Roekse and team receive patent approval for their invention, Phantoms and methods of calibrating dual energy imaging systems therewith.


Human Performance Lab

The newest addition to the Exercise Science program, the Human Performance Laboratory is located in the Alfie Norville Practice Facility, a state-of the-art training center for Loyola Athletics, offering students the unique opportunity to work directly with student-athletes.


Urban Garden Connection responds to COVID-19

A team of Parkinson faculty secure funding through Loyola’s Health EQ Collaborative and Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research (CHOIR).



"To me, public health advocates awareness of potential health issues, and plays a major role in providing information and resources to the public." Assistant Professor, Hyejoo Kang
“The notion of 'serving others' has many definitions. However, for me it always has been about using any skills, knowledge or resources that I have to help people discover healthier versions of themselves.” Associate Professor of Dietetics Patricia Sheean
"Given the increased attention being paid to racial justice today, having population-based data to highlight the entrenched disparities is critical. However, it is even more important to ground this data in a historical perspective, acknowledging the deep-rooted social factors that have caused the "unfair and unjust" differences we still see." Assistant Professor, Dr. Maureen Benjamins

Stories & Spotlights

Our diverse faculty bring expertise as registered dietitian nutritionists, exercise scientists, medical laboratory scientists, pathologists, and radiologists. Among their current research pursuits: developing COVID-19 lab procedures, understanding physical activity patterns of people living with disabilities; evaluating the effectiveness of lifestyle interventions on cancer survivorship, and strengthening access to healthy food. Each one is dedicated to the success of every Parkinson student. 

Medical Physics

Alumni Spotlight

Physics to patient care

When alumna Ahpa Plypoo, MS, first stepped onto the Loyola University Chicago campus as a freshman, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in medicine. What she didn’t know yet was how her aptitude for physics would lead her to a career in health care she never knew existed.


Medical laboratory scientists

Medical laboratory scientists

Hidden Heroes

Global pandemic highlights importance of medical laboratory scientists



In The Community

Loyolans for others

Dietetics interns and nutrition students provide healthy meals to vulnerable communities