Loyola Parkinson CHIE

Improving public health through interdisciplinary research and partnerships

When people use their collective expertise to create sustainable models of change, they spark the greatest breakthroughs in public health. To foster this spirit of innovation, the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health created the Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CHIE). Established in 2021, the CHIE will be a central hub for scholars, community partners, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and students to meet at the intersection of health care, social justice, and business and engage in purpose-driven research with the goal of reducing health inequities and improving health care delivery for all.

Founding Director Search

We are recruiting a founding director to lead the CHIE. This individual will be essential to establishing the Center’s business plan (vision, strategy, and goals), and directing the development of its annual programming and events. To learn more about this position, please contact Merly Thomas, CHIE administrator.  

What we're about

Improving healthcare for all by serving as a vehicle for communication across all disciplines with a focus on innovation.

Translating knowledge to action and outcomes through experiential learning and application.

Providing opportunities to activate entrepreneurial energy from a public health perspective as we embrace the University-wide Strategic Plan, For the Greater Good, which seeks to increase our agility to respond to rapidly changing situations and needs over the next five years and well beyond.

What we do

As the Center evolves, it will host a robust schedule of programming–including seminars, panels, bootcamps, and fellowships–that offers diverse opportunities for students, faculty, staff, community partners, and entrepreneurs to engage, connect, and collaborate. Connect with us to learn more about our various programming and how you can get involved.

Beyond Crisis Management

In partnership with Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business, the Parkinson School launched the webinar series, Beyond Crisis Management, to help provide timely, actionable guidance to leaders on how to address the challenges of COVID-19. View past webinars.


Learn what it takes to bring an innovation to market. Enroll in the I-Corps@NCATS (National Center for Advancing Translational Science) program. This five-week course is based on the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps and I-Corps at National Institutes for Health (NIH) Entrepreneurial Training Program, which combines training in the business model canvas with the customer discovery process.

This program is open to teams of biomedical scientists, clinicians, engineers, and students. The curriculum provides a real-world, hands-on, immersive learning experience in how to transform innovations into successful products and services.

The Fall 2021 cohort will meet every other Friday beginning October 15 at the MATTER Incubator, located inside Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Additional office hours will be offered in between the Friday sessions. Application details coming soon. 

Click this PDF to learn more about this fall 2021 opportunity, including how to apply, with info sessions September 10, 17, or 24 at Noon by request.   

MATTER Partnership

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health is uniquely positioned to improve population health equity and healthcare delivery. As we inspire, mentor, and train Parkinson students to become public health and healthcare entrepreneurs, we partner and collaborate with organizations in this space. We're excited to collaborate with MATTER’s community of healthcare entrepreneurs that will help spark innovation within the Parkinson School. MATTER is a global healthcare startup incubator, community nexus, and corporate innovation accelerator headquartered in Chicago. 

Innovation Challenge

In partnership with Lyfebulb, the Parkinson School will host an annual Innovation Challenge to generate promising solutions to improve the health of communities, strengthen health care delivery, and build health equity. During the Innovation Challenge, Parkinson and Lyfebulb will invite innovators from different industries and disciplines to submit forward-thinking and creative ideas for solutions, technologies, methodologies, and services that improve population and public health, health care delivery, or health equity.

Learn more about the Innovation Challenge.

Connect with us

Looking to learn more about partnership opportunities? Or maybe you want to get involved in a student fellowship? Contact Merly Thomas, CHIE administrator.