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Pamela Kohler PhD, MPH, RN

Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Department of Global Health

I am an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Psychosocial and Community Health and the Department of Global Health (Schools of Public Health and Medicine), and I co-direct the UW Center for Global Health Nursing. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer at an AIDS hospice in Kingston, Jamaica, I decided to become a nurse. I completed my nursing training at Johns Hopkins University, and worked clinically in HIV care and Emergency Departments for seven years. I received my PhD in Nursing and MPH in Health Services from the University of Washington. My research explores social and programmatic barriers to uptake of services along the HIV care continuum including prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), referral to and retention in HIV care programs, and access to sex education for pregnancy and STD prevention. I am particularly interested in improving HIV testing and treatment services for adolescents in resource-limited settings and in working with healthcare workers to improve the quality of HIV and STI service delivery. Through the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) in Global Health, I lead a field epidemiology training program and evaluate STD/HIV treatment and prevention programs and policies in sub- Saharan Africa.



  • BSN, Johns Hopkins University
  • MPH, University of Washington
  • PhD, University of Washington

What classes do you teach?

NURS 407 – Culture, Diversity, and Nursing Practice

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

The collaborative nature of our work and our ability to work across many different disciplines.  I love the energy and enthusiasm of our students.



Psychosocial and Community Health

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Health Equity
  • Lifespan Health

Research Centers

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