Shaping the Future of Health Care
November 2, 2018
Dear Members of the Loyola Community,
Loyola University Chicago is pleased to announce the creation of a new School of Health Sciences and Public Health (SHSPH) to educate clinicians and health professionals, address critical needs in the health care industry, and find innovative solutions to closing gaps in health care access and equity.
The new School of Health Sciences and Public Health brings together our call as a Jesuit institution to continue going to the frontiers of education, research, and practice, particularly to assist the poor and marginalized of our society. It addresses our Catholic health care calling to provide quality care to all who need it. It is a response to dynamic changes in health care that require professionals to have broad skills and cutting-edge experience to lead the future of health care delivery.
The school will begin operations and offering classes starting in the 2019-20 academic year.
Shifting demographics and advances in technology are changing the practice of health care. Health care occupations will grow 18 percent in the next decade—much faster than the average for all occupations. This will add more than 2.3 million new jobs to the sector. The demand for health informaticians, clinical data scientists, biostatisticians, and health technology security experts will increase an average of 20 percent in the same period, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The University challenged itself in Plan 2020 strategic discussions to prioritize transdisciplinary collaborations in education and research to address community health disparities and broader issues of health equity. SHSPH brings together some of our strongest innovative and interdisciplinary programs to adapt to and anticipate health care needs of the future. In this new school, innovative, high-quality programs link in synergy to expand our students' educational options and provide a host of new opportunities for direct service to the community in Maywood, Illinois, and across the Chicago area.
SHSPH brings together programs for undergraduate and graduate students and for working professionals seeking a career change or additional education to supplement skills that improve clinical and patient care. Existing Loyola programs, such as those in public health, undergraduate health systems management, exercise science, and dietetics, will be part of SHSPH and will offer more degree or certificate options. Innovative and accessible program formats for adult learners will include online instruction and hybrid learning programs, which will take advantage of existing technology, classroom, and laboratory space on Loyola's Health Sciences Campus.
SHSPH will provide educational opportunities to current and future health care professionals. Some areas, such as health informatics and data analytics, are unique to the Chicago area and draw on the strength of the University's relationship and data-sharing partnership with Trinity Health and Loyola Medicine. The school positions Loyola to complement the Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and continue its leadership role in health care education and practice.
Kathy Bobay, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, has been named interim dean of the school. She is currently a professor in the nursing school, teaching informatics and nursing administration. She is a member of the Health Sciences Division's Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research, which uses clinical data to improve health outcomes for patients. A search for the new school's founding dean will begin soon, and we will keep the entire campus apprised of the search process and how faculty, staff, and students can be involved.
The School of Health Sciences and Public Health will create scalable programs that adapt to meet the changing landscape in health care delivery and technology. We want to educate the health care providers of the future—professionals who are committed to improving people's health and serving those in need. The SHSPH will primarily be housed at the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois, also home to the Stritch School of Medicine and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and the transdisciplinary nature of the programs will involve faculty and staff collaboration across all of our campuses. As planning proceeds, you can get updated information here.
We are grateful to Loyola's Board of Trustees and its leadership for their strategic thought partnership and support for this historic new initiative. We are indebted to the program directors, faculty, students, and staff who have contributed research, creativity, and months of work to thoughtfully build and shape the formation of the School of Health Sciences and Public Health. We are excited to bring this new chapter for Loyola University Chicago to life and to expand our commitment to educating the health care professionals of the future, improving people's health, and serving those in need. We will hold information sessions this month on the Health Sciences and Lake Shore campuses and look forward to sharing more information about the School of Health Sciences and Public Health with the Loyola community and with our broader external constituents.
To our entire community, thank you for what you do every day on behalf of our students and our mission to shape remarkable lives and learning communities.
Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
Margaret Faut Callahan,