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Emma M Mitchell

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Nursing
Department: School of Nursing
Office location and address
McLeod 5037
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Associate professor Emma Mitchell is a community health nurse, a nursing scholar and researcher at the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

Mitchell’s scholarship – currently focused on the feasibility and acceptability of at-home, self-screening HPV tests as a route to upping detection of cervical cancer in underserved, rural areas, both domestically and internationally – centers on care access and cancer detection, health disparities, and novel modalities for HPV vaccination and detection. Her current work involves a trial of a novel HPV screening test delivered by lay health navigators in rural Southwest Virginia where rates of cervical cancer are 22 to 33 percent higher than the state average.

Mitchell, who earned her PhD and MSN from UVA and her BSN from UMass Dartmouth and is co-Director of the School’s global programs. At UVA, she teaches courses on public health nursing, local and global health disparities, and social entrepreneurship and cancer prevention in Nicaragua, to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Improving Cervical Cancer Screening in Appalachia Project 3
April 11, 2019 – March 31, 2021
Exploring Issues related to Vaccine Hesitancy In HPV: Development of a cancer risk-focus
Source: Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
February 23, 2016 – December 31, 2017
ZFOR 3503: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
ZFOR 3504: International Study
Placeholder course for students studying abroad
NUIP 4003: Exploring Culture and Health Care Access Issues
Credits: 3
This course will explore the various aspects of culture and the impact of culture on health, access and delivery. The course will also help students apply knowledge of culture to healthcare situations.
NUCO 4210: Patient-Family Centered Care: Public Health Nursing and Population Health
Credits: 4
This course emphasizes the application of public health and population health theories. Students are introduced to a range of public health nursing roles and are able to integrate knowledge from previous clinical courses into this course. Students apply new skills and knowledge in a variety of community based and public health settings.
NUIP 4559: New Course: NUIP
Credits: 1–3
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new course in Undergraduate Nursing
NURS 4993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Independent study in Nursing
GNUR 5003: Complementary and Alternative Practices and Products
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to learn about the theory, practice, and patterns of use of CAPPs practices not associated with conventional health care. The course examines literature on CAPPs from the five CAM domains (alternative medical systems, mind-body interventions, biologically-based treatments, manipulative and body-based methods, and energy therapies). Students will learn strategies to advise persons on the use of CAPPs.
GCNL 5150: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Community Health Nursing
Credits: 1–3
The course emphasizes application of concepts, theories and competencies that are the foundation for population-focused nursing practice in a community setting. Students have opportunities to engage in direct and/or indirect care to culturally diverse individuals, families, aggregates and communities. Prerequisites: NUIP 3020, GCNL 5120 and GCNL 5130.
GCNL 5151: Clinical Practice & Decision-Making: Community Health Nursing (Clinical)
Credits: 1
The course emphasizes application of concepts, theories and competencies that are the foundation for population-focused nursing practice in a community setting. Students have opportunities to engage in direct and/or indirect care to culturally diverse individuals, families, aggregates and communities. Clinical section only. Prerequisite: GCNL 5150.
GNUR 6052: Epidemiology and World Health
Credits: 3
Focuses on the distribution and determinants of health-related states or conditions in specified populations at local through global levels, and on the application of this study to control health problems. Students are presented with epidemiologic models and methods in order to assess the health of individuals and populations and to prevent or control health conditions, diseases, and injuries. Content emphasizes a local to global perspective and application of methods to improve health care delivery, health policy, human rights, and ultimately, health. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or instructor permission.
GNUR 6054: Research and Biostatistical Processes for Health Care
Credits: 4
This course provides an introduction to nursing and health care-related research and bio-statistical analysis. This course provides the basic skills and knowledge to critique research, develop a research plan, and to develop an evidence-based practice. Prerequisite: Undergraduate or graduate applied statistics course within the past five years.
GNUR 8420: Proposal Writing Seminar II
Credits: 2
Continues to develop and refine the research proposal begun in GNUR 8410. Includes incorporating feedback from peers and a professional editorial consultant. The final product is a submitted grant proposal. Prerequisite: GNUR 8410.
GNUR 8680: Culturally Sensitive Approaches to Improving Population Health
Credits: 4
In this course students analyze, synthesize and evaluate best practices in optimizing population health. Scientific evidence is analyzed through health disparities, cultural sensitivities and vulnerable populations, using epidemiology. Advances are explored through clinical prevention, health promotion and disease management, as well as behavior change theories. Factors that influence improved health and foster inclusive care are examined.
GNUR 9010: Mentored Study
Credits: 1–4
PhD students register for 1-4 credits of mentored study with a faculty member. The mentored study develops a topic through in-depth literature review. The final project is a manuscript ready to be submitted for publication in a professional journal. If agreeable with the dissertation committee, this publication could be included as one of the dissertation manuscripts for students selecting the manuscript option.
GNUR 9020: Selected Topics
Credits: 1–3
Advanced level individual study of self-selected topics under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
GNUR 9110: Research Practicum I
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the student with opportunity to develop and refine research skills by participating in an ongoing research study. Students should plan on devoting 8 hours a week for each 9110 credit enrolled each semester. Students must register for GNUR 9110 for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and advisor.
GNUR 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 3–12
A culminating experience that requires the student to plan and implement a research study of significance. Prerequisite: Permission of dissertation chair.