Loras College Offering COVID-19-Focused Summer Courses for Professionals

DUBUQUE, Iowa – As the world navigates its way through the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding how different industries are impacted enables us to prepare for a life moving forward. To help expand our knowledge on the pandemic, Loras College is offering three relevant graduate level non-degree summer courses to working professionals. These courses will discuss how COVID-19 has impacted epidemiology, public health, and business. 

Epidemiology (ATR 540): This course is intended to enhance the students’ understanding of the role of epidemiologic study in evaluating the relationships between physical activity and health and/or disease outcomes. Students will learn about the development of current physical activity recommendations, trends in physical activity in the U.S., epidemiologic study designs and the techniques used to measure physical activity, and most importantly, will learn to critically evaluate the evidence and literature in this topic area. The course is fully online May 26 – June 19.

Public Health (ATR 541): Students will be introduced to the concept of public health and the importance of improving the lives of people where they live, work, and play. The methods to track diseases, prevent illnesses, and understand the etiologies and risk factors for conditions that effect health are also discussed. The course is fully online May 26 – June 19.

Risk Analysis (MBA 571): An important part of business planning is the identification, analysis, and management of risk. This hybrid course will help equip you with that knowledge. This is a spreadsheet-based course which examines a variety of models geared to addressing business and social needs. Uncertainty is explicitly analyzed through the use of scenarios, simulation, and other techniques. Emphasis is placed on understanding and communicating the important uncertainties associated with any plan, and developing ways to incorporate these into business plans. This course runs Tuesday nights, May 19 – June 30 online and Saturday and Sunday July 11 -12 from 8am-5pm in person at the Loras campus. (This is subject to change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic).

The total cost for each course is $2,160 and employer tuition reimbursement is accepted. Those attending a course must have a completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in order to be eligible.  Anyone interested in registering for any of the courses can complete a free online application at loras.edu/apply  and selecting “Graduate Non-Degree or Licensure Student” as the Admit Type.  Additionally, interested parties must email unofficial copies of transcripts from each institution attended to Megan Henderson, director of admission for graduate and postbaccalaureate programs, at megan.henderson@loras.edu.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).