Faculty Profile

Barbara Anderson, DrPH

  • Nurse-Midwife
  • Professor Emerita
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Barbara A. Anderson, DrPH, RN, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
Professor Emeritus, Frontier Nursing University

Barbara A. Anderson received her BSN from Indiana University, MS in community health nursing from the University of North Carolina, MPH and DrPH from Loma Linda University, and post-master’s certificate in nurse-midwifery from Stony Brook University. Her doctoral research focused on health seeking behaviors of Cambodian refugee women. She did her research in California, the Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand, and in Cambodia. Her work on genocide with her husband, Dr. Eugene N. Anderson (University of California), has been archived in the Madeline Albright Center for the Study of Genocide at Georgetown University.

She began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, teaching nursing, doing clinical care with genital-urinary fistulas, and writing a textbook on maternal health for Ethiopian nursing schools. In the United States, she has practiced public health nursing, hospital-based nursing, and nurse-midwifery. In academia, she served as chair of the Global Health Department at Loma Linda University School of Public Health, establishing a graduate public health program in maternal-child health; a joint degree public health/nursing program in maternal-child health (MSN/MPH) with Loma Linda University School of Nursing; and a public health collaborative MPH/DrPH program with the U.S. Peace Corps. As the first nurse-midwife in a faculty-run inner city clinic, she led an urban initiative that won a White Ribbon Alliance award: The Safe Motherhood Initiative-USA Model Program.

She formerly served as associate dean at Seattle University College of Nursing and director of the post-master’s DNP program at the Frontier Nursing University. As a visiting professor and program consultant in Africa, Asia and Latin America, she has prepared nurses, midwives, and physicians in public health and the midwifery model of care in over 100 countries. Currently she is an independent consultant in nursing education with focus on program evaluation and accreditation, DNP education, and midwifery/maternal health.

She received a Book of the Year Award from the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) for her textbook Reproductive Health: Women and Men’s Shared Responsibility. She is lead editor of Best Practice in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change, now in the second edition. She co-edited the 2nd, 3rd and 4th edition of Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice and Research, with Dr. Mary deChesnay. She is the lead editor of the book DNP Capstone Projects: Exemplars of Excellence in Practice.

Dr. Anderson has served on the Governing Board of the Global Health Council, the American Midwifery Certification Board, the writing team for ACNM Life Saving Skills, and the editorial board of the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. She currently serves on the review board of Social Science and Medicine. She chaired the Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health section of the American Public Health Association and currently serves as the Region VII representative on the ACNM Board of Directors. Her research focuses on the dynamics of the global nursing and midwifery workforce shortage.

Curriculum Vitae(CV)