Faculty, staff, and students gather to celebrate the beginning of fall semester at the Parkinson School.

An education is more than just what happens in the classroom.

At the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, we provide students from all backgrounds with a supportive and inclusive environment that supports learning and development and fosters engagement toward personal and professional growth. Whether you’re learning online or on campus, as a Parkinson student, you have access to organizations, activities, and events to help build your network of colleagues and friends, your leadership skills, and your understanding of health.

Get involved and make the most of your Loyola and Parkinson experience! You’ll join a community of people just like you—committed to doing well and doing good in the world.


We are committed to creating a supportive environment that serves both undergraduate and graduate students. Whether you are studying at the Lake Shore Campus, Health Sciences Campus, or from home, there are resources to help you with any challenge you might face.

Undergraduate Students

Students enrolled in programs housed at the Lake Shore campus have access to the Wellness Center, which offers a variety of health resources in areas such as nutrition, education, mental health, and more.  

Graduate Students

Graduate students at the Health Sciences campus have access to Perspectives. During the semester, if you find that health problems, life stressors, or emotional difficulties are interfering with your academic or personal success, and you are finding it difficult to cope or complete your academic work, please consider contacting “Perspectives for Students.” Perspectives is an independent behavioral healthcare organization that offers crisis intervention and brief, goal-focused individual counseling free of charge. The service is strictly confidential.

Accessing assistance is easy. Simply call 1-800-456-6327 at any time to speak with a counselor or schedule an appointment. For online resources, simply visit the Perspectives website and enter LUC500 for your User ID and “perspectives” (without quotes) for the password.

Student organizations

Stay connected by joining one of the Parkinson School’s student organizations or clubs. Engage with peers outside of the classroom and connect with the community in new and exciting ways.  

Exercise Science Club

The Exercise Science Club is for students who want to become more familiar with the Parkinson School’s Exercise Science program in addition to promoting healthy lifestyles. With a strong support system of students and faculty, members of the club can gain the tools to pursue a career in exercise science. They will also have opportunities to gain experience within the healthcare field and help the community stay involved and healthy. All are welcome to join! 

Meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays 8-9 p.m. Email lucexercisescience@gmail.com to learn more or follow on Instagram @lucexercisescience. 

Healthcare Administration Student Council

The Healthcare Administration Student Council is an organization dedicated to promoting the Jesuit ideals of community service, philanthropy, and social justice. Its purpose is to sponsor activities that will further knowledge and showcase skills relative to the healthcare industry. 

Email hcasc.luc@gmail.com to learn more or follow on Instagram @luc_hca. 

Loyola University Public Health Association

Established in 2018, the Loyola University Public Health Association (LUPHA) is a public health club open to all degree-seeking graduate students at Loyola. The purpose of LUPHA is to build a sense of community among students and faculty of the Department of Public Health Sciences; to encourage open and constructive discourse on issues that are of concern to the department and discipline; to create and host events for public health outreach; and to provide mentorship to undergraduate and high school students. New members are always welcome!  

Email LUPHA@luc.edu to learn more or follow on social media: 

Loyola Public Health Club

The Public Health Club seeks to create and promote opportunities for service, education, and professional development skills related to public health on campus, in the greater Chicago community, and beyond. It also aims to cultivate a close-knit social community of students passionate about public health. 

Email lucphc@gmail.com to learn more. 

Student engagement events

Throughout the year, the Office of Student Life hosts several signature events celebrating the Parkinson School and our students in all four of our departments: Applied Health Sciences, Health Informatics & Data Science, Healthcare Administration, and Public Health Sciences. We invite you to explore all our annual events and learn how you can participate! 

Parkinson Welcome Week Picnic

At the beginning of each new school year, the Parkinson School invites all faculty, staff, and students to come together in community for celebration picnics at both the Lake Shore and Health Sciences Campuses. View photos from our 2021 picnics!  

Exercise Science Week

Every March, the Parkinson School celebrates its Exercise Science program with a week of activities, such as yoga, resume workshops, and meet-and-greets with faculty and students. Learn more about the Exercise Science Week!

Public Health Week

In April, the Parkinson School is proud to partner with the American Public Health Association to recognize National Public Health Week – a time for us to celebrate the power of community, share strategies for successful partnerships, and champion the role of a strong public health system. 

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Hidden away in hospital laboratories across the country is a group of heroes responsible for getting the results health care teams rely on every day. While their contributions to health care often go unnoticed, once a year, we take the time to recognize these outstanding individuals during Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Join us April 25-29, 2022, for next Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!  

Commencement Week

In addition to University events, the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health wants to celebrate our graduates in the days leading up to Commencement. Explore the schedule of events for Commencement Week and how you can help celebrate our graduating class!

Evening of Excellence

The Evening of Excellence provides an opportunity for students to celebrate their scholarly accomplishments with an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students. Students completing a Master of Public Health and/or Master of Science degree share their capstone projects, engage in scholarly discourse, and learn from fellow students and faculty.

Magis Awards

Open to all graduates, families, friends, and the larger community, the Celebration of the Magis acknowledges outstanding undergraduate students with the annual Magis Awards. Magis is a Latin word meaning "more" or "greater" and is related to the phrase "ad majorem Dei gloriam," the motto of the Society of Jesus and Loyola University Chicago. Learn more about the Magis Awards and other student recognition opportunities.