Mark Christiansen, Ph.D., P.A.-C.
Physician Assistant Program Director and Assistant Clinical Professor
Mark Christiansen is the physician assistant program director for the Master of Health Services – Physician Assistant Degree program and an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. He joined the faculty of the Family Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in January 2011 and assumed the role of program director on July 1, 2011. He arrived at UC Davis after 16 years of service on the faculty of the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., where he most recently served as the associate program director. Christiansen has been a practicing physician assistant in rural family medicine and emergency medicine for more than 30 years and he currently practices as a physician assistant in the Family Practice Clinic at UC Davis Medical Center. He graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Program with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1977 and earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1997. In 1999, he received a Master of Science Degree in Health Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He earned a doctorate in Medical Sciences from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2009. Christiansen is active in local, state and national physician assistant organizations and for several years he has been a major contributor to a national group that produces and provides continuing education programs for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.