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Josephine Ensign DrPH, MPH, FNP

Professor, University of Washington, School of Nursing, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health
Affiliate Faculty, University of Washington’s Certificate Program in Public Scholarship
Adjunct Professor, University of Washington, School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Through my teaching, public scholarship, clinical practice, and writing, I engage in critiques of current social justice issues such as poverty and homelessness, trauma and resilience, and the well-being of marginalized populations. For the past decade my work has centered on using personal stories to highlight important public policy issues within an emancipatory framework. With an undergraduate degree in medical/health humanities (biology and religion with an emphasis on medical ethics), and a doctorate in international health with a focus on health policy, my worldview is interdisciplinary. My overall aim is to humanize health care, to cultivate empathy leading to action.


  • DrPH, Johns Hopkins University, 1995
  • MPH Johns Hopkins University, 1992
  • MSN, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1986
  • BA, Oberlin College, 1981

What classes do you teach?

Community Health; Health Politics and Policy, Health Policy; Narrative Medicine

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

Working with groups of interprofessional health science students, faculty, and staff on meaningful community-based service-learning projects

Scholarly work


Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Health Equity

Research Centers

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University of Washington School of Nursing
Dept of Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing
Box 357262
1959 NE Pacific St.
Seattle, WA 98195

Office: T 518