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Jennifer Fricas, MPH, RN

Doctoral Student
Expected Graduation: 2017/18
Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Previous Education

Areas of Interest


I am a public health professional and registered nurse with fifteen years of experience specializing in community and public health, having worked in a variety of practice settings including local government, community-based health organizations, hospitals, and nursing education. I have been in my current role as a faculty member at the Seattle University College of Nursing since 2007, where I teach undergraduate and graduate community/public health theory and clinical, epidemiology, and interdisciplinary courses, and where I have been involved in our campus internationalization efforts. I have also led or co-led education abroad trips to Belize and Peru, participated in partnership-building in Nicaragua and Sweden, and conducted public health education program evaluations in Ecuador and Thailand.

I was drawn to the CIDE program at Minnesota because of its strong reputation for building interdisciplinary leaders working at the intersection of education and development. My interest in health and community engagement applying a multiple determinants perspective fits well with the possibilities I perceived for PhD education at UMN. I wish to continue researching and teaching about the empowerment of communities in their pursuits to become healthy and educated leaders of their own self-determination. Through a lens of social justice, I’d like to continue to uncover how individuals and communities (both in the U.S. and internationally) negotiate their unique and collective identities through community development experiences.

I grew up as a child of a military officer and have been fortunate to live in seven states and in Europe, which helped feed my interest in cultures and communities from an early age. I speak Spanish and am learning French. In my free time I like to continue my travel and language learning, knit, and watch movies from the 1930s – 1950s.

Revised June 2015