Loyola’s Office of the President announced the appointment of the first dean of the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health in an email sent to the Loyola community Oct. 29.
The email named Dr. Elaine Morrato as the new dean — previously an associate dean for public health practice and a professor of health systems, management and policy at Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the email said.
The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health — located at Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus in Maywood — is Loyola’s newest school, created in February of this year, The Phoenix reported. Fall 2019 was the “inaugural” class of both graduate and undergraduate students at the school, according to the email.
“Morrato is a public health expert with a diverse background in government, industry and academia,” the email said.
Morrato is also a visiting scientist with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — a position for researchers to collaborate and share information, according to the FDA website — the email said.
She will replace the interim dean — Dr. Kathy Bobay — Feb. 1 of next year, according to the email. Bobay will return to the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing as a professor of leadership and nursing informatics, according to the email.
President Jo Ann Rooney and Morrato couldn’t be reached for comment at the time of publication.