Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health invites degree and non-degree seeking students to participate in a series of special topic courses on Strengthening Population Health Resilience in the Time of COVID-19.

Resilient and robust public health and health care systems rely on the interdependence of groups such as individuals, schools, employers, public health professionals, community organizations, first responders, healthcare professionals, and governments.  

Now, more than ever, these groups are challenged to increase their collective, scientific public health literacy and capacity to understand and leverage emerging public health data and identify strategies to tackle the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Strong public health literacy is the foundation for strengthening our collective resilience and response - as we move from flattening the curve, to controlling transmission, and ultimately, to preventing infection with the advent of a vaccine. 

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Series Objectives

Ready to increase your public health literacy with one of the Parkinson School’s summer courses?  Select the option that best describes you and register today.

These courses will:

  • Introduce participants to key concepts, resources, and tools to help you support health system resilience and economic recovery
  • Help participants interpret the science in the news
  • Provide roadmaps to help participants anticipate and implement COVID-19 policies and actions to mitigate risk and promote health.

Each course will provide a different lens through which participants will view public health and health care system resilience along with “takeaway” insights applicable in any health crisis.

Who Should Attend

Adult learners, students and non-students alike, and leaders at all levels who want to increase their knowledge and skills to lead or manage a health emergency. Participants have the option to pursue a course for a credit, should they choose.


Each course will follow a similar seminar-style format, including discussion and Q&A with Parkinson School faculty with expertise in areas including surveillance, emergency preparedness, health care administration, infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, laboratory testing, and environmental transmission of disease. Readings and digital resources will be provided to guide learning. Aligned with Loyola’s Jesuit tradition, students will use individual reflection and application exercises to translate knowledge into action.

For more information about registering for courses, please contact Lucia Garcia.

How to enroll

  • Open to Loyola students from all programs and levels of study. Register online through LOCUS.
  • Available for faculty, staff, adjunct family, community members, and community partners. Email Lucia Garcia, Merly Thomas, or Cynthia Stewart to learn more about scholarship opportunities.

Classes Offered

Health Care Essentials for Crisis Preparedness and Management

Summer session A (online) – May 23, 2022 – July 1, 2022
Day and Time: Thursdays, 12-1 p.m. (CST)

MPBH Class #1957
HSM Class #1966

Course Description

The ability to respond nimbly to an emerging situation is a critical competency for any healthcare leader. Effective leaders have a process to evaluate how a crisis impacts all aspects of an organization – from revising daily operations, to ongoing reputation management, all the way through a return to normal day-to- day business. In this course, students will participate in activities to develop skills to analyze the larger situation and discern how external factors may influence the ability of their organization to remain viable. Using the format of an extended “table-top disaster drill,” students will learn the project management skills (e.g., incorporating risk mitigation, strategic planning, communication, organizational decision-making, and general operational management) required to succeed in an emergency situation.

  1. Identify resources to support activities during a healthcare crisis
  2. Discuss the operational competencies required to shift successfully between routine and levels of emergency operations management
  3. Engage in a scenario-planning exercise to foster critical thinking skills for a fluid situation



John Stys, PhD, has taught ethics at Loyola University Chicago since 2004 when he was one of the vowed Jesuits on campus. After many years as a Jesuit, Stys is now married with two elementary school-age boys. Much of his career outside academia has been creating quality and performance improvement within Federally Qualified Health Centers and hospice and palliative care companies. He considers himself a strong non-profit executive leader who loves to mentor students passionate about working for healthcare justice.

Ethical, Legal and Political Lessons from COVID-19 – Where to Now?

Summer session B (online) – July 5, 2022 – August 12, 2022
Wednesdays, 6 to 8 pm (CST)

MPBH Class #2583
HSM Class #2584

Course Description

The COVID-19 pandemic is not over, but we are entering the beginning of the return to a new normal. Given what we have experienced and the lessons we have learned, what do we do now? This course will explore practical and pressing problems that will shape post-pandemic public health practice and public health education and will try to offer a path towards more powerful public health programs.


At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify enduring impacts upon public health practice and public health education from the pandemic.
  2. Identify changes to public health practice and education that would address the impacts.
  3. Analyze these proposed changes to public health practice and education.
  4. Make and support recommendations for changes to public health practice and education.


Daniel Swartzman, MPH, JD, is a lawyer and public health expert with over 40 years of experience teaching public health law, ethics, and policy.

Mosquitos and Ticks: Why can’t we just get rid of them?

Summer session A (online) – May 23, 2022 – July 1, 2022
Tuesdays, 4-5:30 pm (CST)

MPBH Class #2776
HSM Class #2777

Course Description

This course will provide an overview of the current public health measures to minimize diseases of mosquitoes and ticks and help answer the question, ‘Why can’t we just get rid of them?’

  1. Explain the basics of the biology of ecology of mosquito and tick vectors
  2. Apply the knowledge of mosquito and tick biology and ecology to vector monitoring
  3. Apply the knowledge of mosquito and tick biology and ecology to vector control measures
  4. Choose appropriate measures to assess the effectiveness of vector control measures


Justin Harbison, PhD, has spent almost two decades working collaboratively in the field of vector control and surveillance. The focus of his research and work has been assessing the effectiveness of our methods to monitor and minimize the disease risk of mosquitoes and ticks.