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Loyola University Chicago Launches
New School of Health Sciences and Public Health;
Attracts $20 Million Lead Gift
On the cusp of its 150th anniversary, Loyola University Chicago expands its Jesuit, Catholic mission of excellence in education and service to those in need with an innovative new school. The school will form the workforce of tomorrow, leverage data to improve health care delivery and outcomes, build leadership in health care education and research, provide agile solutions for students, and bring health care equity to those on the margins.

CHICAGO, Illinois, February 25, 2019—Loyola University Chicago announced today the launch of its new School of Health Sciences and Public Health.

“As we prepare to celebrate 150 years as one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, this new school is a bold expression of our mission to form men and women for others and serve where the needs are greatest,” said Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, president, Loyola University Chicago. “Our strategic vision is to meet the growing need for health care professionals by recruiting and training researchers and practitioners who are dedicated to caring for the whole person and reaching out to those on the margins. This is the Loyola difference.”

The new school builds on the strong foundation of Loyola’s nationally recognized Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, biomedical programs of The Graduate School, and partnership with Trinity Health (known in the Chicago area as Loyola Medicine).

“Given the depth of our health care education expertise—from the Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing to our work in health informatics and research—the new school is well positioned to be an innovative catalyst in health care education,” said Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN, acting provost and chief academic officer, and provost, Health Sciences Division (HSD), Loyola University Chicago. “This school will model interdisciplinary collaboration and teaching to provide students with ‘real life’ experiences that will equip them to be successful in health care’s increasingly interdisciplinary environment.”

The new school has attracted a $20 million lead gift from alumni Robert L. and Elizabeth M. Parkinson and will be named the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health.

This gift provides new opportunities for existing programs and schools across Loyola to create more transdisciplinary collaboration and develop knowledge and effective practices that will have a national impact with a strong focus on accessibility and equity.

“Bob and I believe that access to quality health care is a right, and good health is the foundation for strong families, individuals, and communities,” said Elizabeth Parkinson, who earned her Bachelor of Science at Loyola.

“Loyola’s Jesuit mission calls on us to make a real difference through the professionals we form and the people we serve,” said Robert Parkinson, chairman of Loyola’s Board of Trustees and retired chairman and CEO of Baxter International, who earned his Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration at the University. “With this lead gift, Betty and I are confident that others will support this school which is so vital to improving health care locally and throughout the world,” he said.

Funds from this gift will be allocated to the dean’s endowment for strategic initiatives, student scholarships, and the creation of the Center for Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Envisioned as a creative and dedicated space for collaborative education, the center will be an incubator for health sciences innovation and business development among local and national health sciences entrepreneurs, faculty, students, business leaders, and members of the industry.

“The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health will transform health care education to prepare the health care workforce of the future,” said Dr. Rooney. “Loyola has a proven 40-year track record of innovative technology applications in health care, health care education, clinical research, and academic medical center operations. The Parkinson School is the next step in the evolution of Loyola’s Health Sciences Division and another example of Loyola’s commitment to rolling up our sleeves and championing access and equity.”

New Programs Leverage Health Care Expertise; Debut in Fall 2019
A flexible, tiered degree approach will offer doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees along with an array of certificate programs. Initially, the school will offer 16 new degree programs across four areas: applied health sciences, health informatics and data science, health care administration, and public health sciences. This fall, students will enroll in three new programs (Bachelor of Science in Public Health Sciences, Master of Science in Exercise Science, and Master of Science in Health Informatics) that complement six ongoing programs. Classes will be held at locations across the University’s three Chicagoland campuses.

Mid-career professionals and lifelong learners seeking additional training and undergraduates focused on careers in this burgeoning field will find the program of study they need to succeed. The school’s built-in agility (including an increased use of hybrid online and on-site programs) will allow it to scale up or down, anticipating and/or responding to student and marketplace needs.

Aligned with its Jesuit mission, the school will integrate insights about the human condition and fundamental questions of meaning, purpose, and value with scientific study through creative programs that combine humanistic reading, moral formation, and self-reflective habit building as characteristics of a well-informed health professional.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care occupations are projected to grow 18 percent from 2016–2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Approximately 2.3 million jobs will be created during the decade. Increasingly, this workforce depends on professionals skilled in unlocking data and analytics to deliver better patient care and improve health outcomes. In addition to physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other allied health professionals, data scientists and informaticists are analyzing data and identifying trends to understand community health needs, best practices, and strategies to improve health outcomes.

Graduates of the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health will have the skills they need to succeed and, as importantly, deliver the care and knowledge to improve patient and population health.

Strengthens Partnership with Loyola Medicine (Trinity Health)
Loyola University Chicago’s partnership with Trinity Health gives students and faculty access to vast data from one of the largest Catholic health care systems in the country and provides clinical work opportunities in its 93 hospitals and 122 continuing care programs.

“We are excited to provide students and faculty at the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health with the data and clinical experience they need to discover approaches to improve health outcomes and patient care,” said Shawn P. Vincent, president and CEO, Loyola Medicine. “Their research will have a meaningful impact on both individual patients and the public.”

Among the joint initiatives between the University and Loyola Medicine is the Center for Health Outcomes and Informatics Research (CHOIR), which provides the academic expertise and resources to leverage Trinity Health’s data to yield data-driven, health care decisions to improve patient care and population health.

“I congratulate Loyola University on the launch of this school committed to service, research, and to teaching the next generation of health care innovators,” said Richard J. Gilfillan, CEO, Trinity Health. “The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health has tremendous opportunity for enabling its students and future graduates to pioneer new approaches to improving the nation’s health.”

For more information and media materials, visit the Parkinson School electronic press kit.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 17,000 students. Nearly 12,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 14 schools, colleges, and institutes, including the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola and its Health Sciences Division, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom or @LoyolaHSD.




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