Public Health Education at Loyola


VIDEO: Advanced Practice Nursing  Patricia Friend, PhD, APN-CNS, AOCN, discuses the important role of advanced practice nursing in today’s healthcare system. Advanced practice nurses APNs) are vital to team-based healthcare. APNs are trained to provide care coordination, prevention services, and chronic disease management in new and innovative care delivery models.

APNs and Their Role in Health Care

The role of the Nurse Practitioner includes direct patient care at the advanced practice level. Nurse practitioners are involved in patient history-taking, physical examination, diagnostic testing, diagnosis, and treatment. Graduates are prepared for independent and collaborative decision-making in health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention, and the management of health and illness. Nurse practitioners are educated at the graduate level, prepared to pass the national certification exam, and then licensed by the state to practice in primary or acute care. 


Dietitians and Their Role in Health Care          

VIDEO: The Role Dietitians Play in Health Care  Joanne Kouba, Associate Professor and Director, Dietetic Education Programs Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, discusses the role of dietitians in health care.

Loyola Dietetic Internship with a Public Health Nutrition Emphasis

Loyola University Chicago offers two tracks of an accredited Dietetic Internship (DI) to prepare students to become professional registered dietitian nutritionists. Students benefit from the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing's constructive and supportive environment, learning the leadership, communication and management skills they need to pass the registration exam for dietitians and enter dietetic practice as competent, highly qualified professionals.  Graduates of Loyola's Dietetic Internship program are highly sought for positions in health care and nutrition programs. Students enter a wide range of dietetic careers, including:

  • Clinical dietitians with health care organizations including hospitals, medical centers, dialysis centers, and skilled nursing facilities;
  • Community nutritionists with public health departments, federally qualified health centers, community clinics, and federal nutrition programs such as the Women, Infant and Children’s program;
  • Director or Manager of food service operations;
  • Private practice or consulting;
  • Consultant in food business and industry.

From the The Community Guide:  Telehealth and chronic disease affected by diet