Dr. Susan Zahner
Credentials: Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor
Position title: Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor
Since joining the School of Nursing faculty in 2000, Professor Susan Zahner has focused on improving public health practice through research and workforce development. Dr. Zahner’s research focuses on improving the performance of local public health systems to achieve population health improvement within communities. Recent studies have examined inter-organizational collaborative strategies in local public health and between primary care and public health organizations. Her research also includes public health nursing practice improvement, public health workforce development, and evaluation of continuing education approaches for public health professionals. Dr. Zahner initiated and continues to direct the Wisconsin Public Health Research Network. This virtual organization links public health practitioners and public health researchers across the state to facilitate practice-relevant research. Dr. Zahner is currently the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs with the School of Nursing and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing where she is an active member of the Academy’s Expert Panel on Environmental and Public Health.