Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

Associate Dean of Global Initiatives, Interim Associate Dean for Research & Professor

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Office: 1006
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

An international scholar, Marianne Baernholdt, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, 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 as the Associate Dean for Global Initiatives, she 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. Dr. Baernholdt was the Director for Global Initiatives at the University of Virginia School of Nursing before her time at VCU.


  • Diploma Bispebjerg School of Nursing, Denmark
  • BSN Pace University, New York, NY
  • MPH Columbia University, New York, NY
    International Health
  • MSN Columbia University, New York, NY
    Critical Care
  • PhD University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Postdoc University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC