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Sarah Gimbel RN, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
Co-director, Center for Global Health Nursing
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Global Health
Senior Technical Advisor, Health Alliance International

I am a nurse epidemiologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Child Nursing with an adjunct appointment in the Department of Global Health. I also co-direct the UW Center for Global Health Nursing and serve as a senior technical advisor at Health Alliance International where I specialize in implementation research focusing on intervention development and testing for strengthening health systems (including quality improvement, process flow mapping, cascade analysis, improving quality and use of routine data), and the evaluation of implementation processes to identify drivers of success. I have spent over 20 years working overseas in resource limited settings in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, most extensively in Mozambique where I was seconded into the Ministry of Health as an advisor in HIV/AIDS care and treatment and supported the scale-up of both antiretroviral (ART) and PMTCT programs nationally.


  • PhD, University of Washington
  • MPH, University of Washington
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Washington
  • BA, International Studies, Kenyon College

What classes do you teach?

  • Innovations in Health Systems Delivery: Implementation and Measurement (onboarding Fall 2019)
  • Global Health Nursing (NURS 581)

What do you love about the UW School of Nursing?

I love how we are a dedicated and self-reflective group of educators, practitioners and scientists who work together to innovate and improve health care for all.


  1. Gimbel S, Chilundo B, Kenworthy N, Inguane C, Citrin D, Chapman R, Sherr K, Pfeiffer J. Donor data vacuuming: audit culture and the use of data in global health partnerships. Medicine Anthropology Theory.
  2. Gimbel S, Kawakyu N, Dau H, Unger J. A missing link: HIV/AIDS-related mHealth interventions for health workers in low- and middle- income countries. Current HIV/AIDS Reports. In press.
  3. Gimbel S, Mwanza M, Nisingizwe MP, Michel C, Hirschorn L, et al. Improving data quality across three sub-Saharan African Countries Using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research (CFIR): Results from the African Health Initiative. BMC Health Services Research. 2017,17(Suppl 3):828.
  4. Gimbel S, Kohler P, Mitchell P, Emami A. Creating academic structures to promote nursing’s role in global health policy. International Nursing Review. 2017 Mar; 64(1): 117-125.
  5. Gimbel S, Rustagi A, Robinson J, Kouyate S, Countinho J, Nduati R, Pfeifer J, Gloyd S, Sherr K. Evaluation of a systems analysis and improvement approach to optimize pMTCT using the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. 2016 Aug 1;72 Suppl 2:S108-16.



Child, Family, and Population Health Nursing

Research Areas

  • Innovative Interventions
  • Health Equity

Research Centers

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