During the past two years as a consulting faculty member for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis and an expert in nursing leadership and health policy, Bobbie Berkowitz has played an important role in the school’s launch. Berkowitz shared her expertise to develop the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Group core curriculum and designed the community fieldwork courses in which master’s degree students will join local and national community partners.
"Throughout the launch of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Bobbie Berkowitz joined us in key strategic planning discussions. Her influence on the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership curriculum will help make our program one of the top graduate programs for research and education," says Deborah Ward, associate dean for the School of Nursing.
In May, Berkowitz was appointed dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing and began her move to Manhattan.
"My involvement in the development of course content for the first classes of doctoral and master’s degree students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing has been a real joy," Berkowitz says. "The school is focused on creating a truly interdisciplinary experience for students. The blend of coursework and community engagement for students in the fields of health, policy, science and leadership will develop a new generation of creative and innovative expert nurses."
"Throughout the launch of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, Bobbie Berkowitz joined us in key strategic planning discussions. Her influence on the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership curriculum will help make our program one of the top graduate programs for research and education."
While her new role as dean at Columbia University School of Nursing precludes Berkowitz from providing hands-on support and consulting to UC Davis, Ward says it opens a new door to future potential partnerships.
"We look forward to continuing colleagueship across our two schools," Ward says.
Prior to her appointment at Columbia University, Berkowitz was the Alumni Endowed Professor of Nursing at the University of Washington School of Nursing and adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, also at the University of Washington. While there, she directed the Center for the Advance-ment of Health Disparities Research, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, and was the principal investigator for the Public Health Experience with Health Disparities. Berkowitz was director of the national program office of the Turning Point National Program Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Berkowitz has been a leader in public health policy as deputy secretary for the Washington State Department of Health and chief of nursing services for the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health. She also served on the Washington State Board of Health, the Washington Health Care Commission, the Washington Academy of Sciences, the Washington Center on Nursing and the board of trustees of Group Health Cooperative.
Berkowitz continues to serve on the boards of the American Academy of Nursing, the Public Health Foundation and the Institute of Medicine Board on Population and Public Health. She is a member of several editorial boards for nursing and public health publications.
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