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Jacksonville, FL 32211

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Dorcas Kunkel

Dr. Dorcas Kunkel

Assistant Professor

Email address  dkunkel@ju.edu
Telephone number  (904) 256-7986
Office location  BRCHS 219
Office hours  By appointment.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Kunkel’s earlier nursing career was in operating room nursing and maternal/women's health nursing; current expertise and interests are public health nursing, nursing informatics, nursing education, population health, interdisciplinary practice and global health.


  • DNP, University of Minnesota
  • MS, University of Minnesota
  • Certification, Public Health Nursing, Advanced (American Nurses Credentialing Center)
  • Certification, Leadership in Health Information Technology for Health Professionals, University of Minnesota

Professional Information

Dr. Kunkel earned her graduate nursing degrees DNP (public health/population health), post graduate certification (Leadership in Health Information Technology for Health Professionals), and MS (public health nursing) from the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing. She is certified as a Public Health Nurse, Advanced (PHNA) by the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center. Dr. Kunkel has contributed to the knowledge on nursing informatics through research on the Nursing Management Minimum Data Set (NMMDS) and utilizing nursing terminologies such as the Omaha System to document nursing specific activities. Dr. Kunkel has over 10 years of experience in teaching/learning across BSN curricula in the United States and Canada and at the graduate level in the USA and Liberia, West Africa. Her primary research interests and experience are in using quality improvement methods and processes to make apparent the value of nursing activities so that they can be measured, quantified, benchmarked, and reported related to patient outcomes. She has a strong interest in interdisciplinary practice and global health to foster health systems strengthening.