Learn how to apply evidence-based practices to improve health care and delivery options.

Every day, we learn about the ever-changing world of health care. Implementation scientists understand how to integrate and leverage evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies to help drive change; improving care delivery through individual clinicians, teams, or via health care organizations.

At the core of implementation science: theories and implementation methods. Combined with evidence-based practices, students learn how to identify and address barriers to change and the role of stakeholder engagement in making and facilitating change on an individual or systems level. As health care and quality management programs along with other organizations strive to improve care delivery and outcomes, they will seek individuals with specific knowledge of implementation science to drive change.

Our commitment to you

Graduates of the Master of Science in Implementation Science will have the following knowledge, skills, and values:


  • Designing and implementing evidence-based programs
  • Understanding how to analyze outcomes and drive change
  • Identifying facilitators and barriers to change
  • Dissemination of evidence-based findings and programs to reach key stakeholders


Graduates will have a skill set that includes understanding how to identify and address barriers to change and how to engage multiple stakeholders in making changes. Graduates will have a set of tools and strategies to help facilitate the introduction and use of evidence-based findings and strategies to improve healthcare practice at individual, clinic/program and systems levels. 

Professional Values

The Master of Science in Implementation Sciences seeks to instill and reinforce both the Jesuit and public health profession’s values, which include:

  • Equity and social justice
  • Innovation
  • Competency to acquire the skills to facilitate change
  • Excellence to ensure that the best evidence is used


A critical and required component of the MS in Implementation Science is the practicum, which provides students with a "hands on" experience. During the practicum, each student partners with a professional in a health care system or program to implement an evidence-based practice or finding in a care setting (e.g., clinic, practice) and evaluate the impact of this change on processes and/or care outcomes. 


Admission to the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health is competitive and based on a number of different factors. Applications must be received by July 15 to be considered for the fall semester. 

How to Apply

  1. Completion of Loyola University Chicago's graduate school admission application
  2. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in a field relevant to the discipline of Implementation Science, such as: social sciences (psychology, sociology), health sciences (medicine, nursing, public health, social work, pharmacy), or health care administration.
  3. Minimum overall cumulative and discipline-specific cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  4. Personal statement including academic and career goals, plus description of project topic.
  5. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty able to address probability of academic success.
  6. (OPTIONAL) While not necessary, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores within the past four years may be submitted and will be considered. 

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Tuition and Fees

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.