Loyola University Chicago is set to launch a new school of health sciences and public health in the fall, thanks in part to a $20 million donation.
“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 Loyola University Chicago President Jo Ann Rooney in a statement issued by the university.
The school, which will initially be housed in existing buildings and use current faculty, will offer a bachelor’s degree in public health sciences and master’s degrees in exercise science and health data.
The donation is coming from two alumni: Robert L. and Elizabeth M. Parkinson.
“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 in a statement. Parkinson is chairman of Loyola’s board of trustees and a retired chairman and CEO of Baxter International. “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.”