Our Mission


The Master of Public Health Program exists to prepare public health leaders to improve global health, with a focus on eliminating health inequities, through a transformative education, rigorous research, and active community engagement.  

 

 

 

Public Health Program Director,
Dr. David Shoham

Vision

Recognizing that all public health programs seek to address the health of communities through instruction, research, and community service, the Loyola Master of Public Health Program adopts a broad strategy of educational, research, and service-oriented initiatives to fulfill its  mission.  We envision a program that possesses the following characteristics that differentiate our program from others and add benefit to society:

  • A Transformative Education:  Provide a practice-oriented and population-centered education in which the student seeks out a personal connection with those affected by health disparities or injustice, reflects on that experience, and is transformed by it.

  • Global Involvement:  Engage globally – Maywood, Chicago, United States, and international – while maintaining a focus on the Maywood community.

  • Community Partnership:  Leverage our strengths and maintain consistency by partnering with local community organizations, especially Jesuit partners.

  • Systemic Change:  Address the systemic causes of health care disparities while serving those in need.

  • Tailored learning:  Tailor instruction to the learning needs of the individual student and to the needs of the profession.

  • Sustainable Solutions:  Identify the underlying causes and address the systems that contribute to health disparity.

  • Synergy of Goals:  Integrate instruction, research and service, recognizing that each contributes to the others. 

  • Committed Faculty: Foster an atmosphere to encourage an inspired, collaborative, engaged, and committed faculty. 

  • Interdisciplinary Participation:  Engages many disciplines to attain its mission, recognizing that health related problems caused by social injustice are complex and require collaboration among numerous disciplines to address

Values

We are grounded in our Jesuit, Catholic values as we pursue our mission.  Specifically, we will behave in a manner consistent with the following values and beliefs:

  • Social justice:  As part of Loyola University Chicago, we seek a socially just world.

  • Collaboration:  We believe that we can best attain our mission by working cooperatively and interprofessionally with academic disciplines within Loyola, other academic institutions, and community organizations. 

  • Scholarship:  We pursue vigorous formal study and the knowledge gained from it.

  • Critical thinking:  We pursue disciplined intellectual criticism that combines research, knowledge, context, and judgment. 

  • Advocacy:  We contribute to public dialogue regarding health and disparities by sharing and communicating the knowledge that we gain from our scholarly pursuits. 

  • Professionalism and ethical behavior:  We are committed to morally right conduct based upon our Jesuit, Catholic values and the highest values of the profession.

  • Humility:  We humbly serve.