Baernholdt joins Carolina Nursing as New Associate Dean for Global Initiatives

Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, joined the UNC School of Nursing today as the new associate dean for global initiatives.

An international scholar, Baernholdt has dedicated her career to teaching and mentoring students and junior faculty in leadership, quality, and safety. She is an experienced primary investigator and co-investigator on several federal grants, and her research focuses on how quality of care is defined and factors affecting quality of care in global rural areas across the healthcare continuum.

Before joining Carolina Nursing, Baernholdt served as the Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Nursing. During her time at VCU she was also the founding director of the Langston Center for Quality, Safety, and Innovation — a resource dedicated to providing the health community with education, activities, and resources that foster collaborative, patient-centered, cost-effective health care. Prior to VCU, Baernholdt was the Director for Global Initiatives at University of Virginia School of Nursing.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Baerholdt join the administration and faculty of Carolina Nursing,” said Nena Peragallo Montano, dean of the UNC School of Nursing. “Her proven leadership, scholarly expertise, and experience in global research and education uniquely qualify her to lead the School’s global efforts.”

The associate dean for global initiatives is responsible for developing and implementing global initiatives at the School of Nursing, which includes leading global health research and scholarly endeavors at the School, developing a strategic plan for global initiatives, and representing the School in key global health and related professional organizations.

Learn more about Dr. Baernholdt here.