Public Health Sciences

We are stronger together

There has never been a more important time to be involved in public health sciences – as students, teachers, researchers, and practitioners. Our mission, grounded in the Jesuit tradition of social justice, is to prepare public health professionals through collaborative community-engaged education, ethical practice, research, and service to improve population health. Our ultimate vision is to ensure all communities achieve their full potential for healthy lives.

Department Spotlight

President's Medallion 2021-22

Each year, the President's Medallion recognizes one exceptional student from each of Loyola's 14 schools, colleges, and institutes for their leadership, scholarship, and service. The Parkinson School is pleased to announce that its recipient this year is MPH student Alyssa Stuck. Learn more.

“The complexity of the existing and emerging population health problems we see today speaks to the relevance of preparing well-qualified public health practitioners.”
“The complexity of the existing and emerging population health problems we see today speaks to the relevance of preparing well-qualified public health practitioners.”


Our faculty come from a variety of disciplines, such as public health, medicine, nutrition, social services and exercise science, to create truly transdisciplinary research teams. They involve students at every level of 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.

Lara Dugas, Associate Professor

Dr. Dugas joined Loyola in 2007 as a research associate. By 2016, she was named the Stritch School of Medicine’s Junior Scientist of the year.


Nallely Mora, Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Mora is a physician interested in public health and population health research including translational, social determinant of health and infectious disease epidemiology.


Bamidele Tayo, Associate Professor

Dr. Tayo’s research includes clinical and genetic association in sickle cell disease, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and obesity among individuals of African origin.


Parkinson Voices

“I'm inspired by the work of Parkinson faculty and my fellow students to make our society more just and equitable. It gives me hope for the future, knowing that we are working to better the world around us.” Sarah Strom (BSPH '22)
“I think when all is said and done, we used our education to advance knowledge and make an impact on outcomes. Personally, it’s very rewarding to feel like you’re part of something bigger.” Chloe Cavida (MPH ’17)
“Witnessing the effects of health disparities has had a substantial impact on my view of medicine. Engaging with the underserved in various service endeavors has allowed me to practice looking at the world through their lens.” Brice Jones (MPH '22)

Test, trace, advocate


Test, trace, advocate

Colleagues from across Loyola University Chicago’s campuses team up to support local communities impacted by COVID-19 outbreaks


Public Health Crisis Perspectives from the front lines

Public Health Crisis

At the McHenry County Health Department, Ryan Sachs and Chloe Cavida (MPH ’17) work together to compile, analyze, and distribute data related to the coronavirus outbreak.


Ruth Kafensztok Q&A with MPH Program Director

Q&A with MPH Program Director

Ruth Kafensztok

Before entering academia, Kafensztok honed her expertise in data systems, applied research, and public health practice.


Lara Dugas awarded AXA Research Chair in Africa

Infectious disease research

Lara Dugas awarded

Funding will support global research into environmental factors and non-communicable disease outcomes.


Future leaders in women’s health

Future leaders in women’s health

Sarah Strom and Natalie Contreras will be the first Parkinson undergraduates to represent Loyola at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting.


Groundbreaking research Study shows new understanding of human metabolism

Human metabolism study

Groundbreaking research

A new study suggests metabolism – the rate at which calories are burned – peaks much earlier and starts its decline later than originally thought.