Course Information

Health Care Essentials for Crisis Preparedness and Management MPBH Class #1957 HSM Class #1966

Course ID: MPBH 495-003 / HSM 355-002
School:Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Program: Public Health/Health Care Administration
Credit Hours: 1

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. Objectives • Identify resources to support activities during a healthcare crisis • Discuss the operational competencies required to shift successfully between routine and levels of emergency operations management • Engage in a scenario-planning exercise to foster critical thinking skills for a fluid situation Instructor: Dr. Stys has taught ethics at Loyola since 2004 when he was one of the vowed Jesuits on campus. After many years as a Jesuit, Dr. 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. How to enroll: • Current students: Open to Loyola students from all programs and levels of study. Register online through LOCUS

Loyola University Chicago’s Parkinson School Summer Short Courses 2022

Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health invites degree and non-degree seeking students to participate in a series of 1-credit 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.

Series Objectives

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 (lucgarcia@luc.edu)


Course Offering

Session Day Time Instructor Location
A Thurs • Summer session A – May 23 – July 1, 2022 • Day and Time: Thursdays, 12-1 p.m. Stys ONLINE

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