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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Dean Patricia Davidson Receives Prestigious Global Health Leadership Award


Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON), is recipient of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Distinguished Leadership Award. The honor celebrates her exceptional contributions to the advancement of global health worldwide.

“This is an especially meaningful honor to be recognized by the Consortium—an organization that has so greatly advanced the care and wellbeing of communities around the world,” says Davidson. “I am thankful that I have had the opportunity to be part of this phenomenal organization and use my voice to help represent nurses internationally.”

As a scientist and global leader in nursing, health care, and advocacy, Davidson’s work focuses on person-centered care delivery and the improvement of cardiovascular health outcomes for women and vulnerable populations. She has extensively studied chronic conditions, transitional care, palliative care, and the translation of innovative, acceptable, and sustainable health initiatives across the world.

Davidson serves as secretary general of the Secretariat of the World Health Organizations Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery, counsel general of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, and a past board member of CUGH. She also serves on the Board of Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Through her involvement with CUGH, Davidson has helped the organization disseminate information and articulate issues and policies around global health. She has been an advocate for the role university’s play in improving global health outcomes and reducing health disparities.

Under Davidson’s leadership, JHSON was ranked as a global leader in nursing education by QS World University. Her commitment to global health has translated to the school’s activities including its numerous global partnerships, its international visiting scholars program, and its role as the Collaborating Center for Nursing Knowledge, Information Management and Sharing designated by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization.

Davidson serves on the editorial boards of a number of scholarship journals and is a mentor to doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Davidson received her award at CUGH’s virtual global health conference this past Sunday.


Located in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice. In U.S. News & World Report rankings, the school is No. 1 nationally for its master’s programs, No. 3 for DNP and online programs, and No. 2 for online MSN Healthcare Organizational Leadership options. JHSON is ranked No. 1 for total NIH funding among schools of nursing for fiscal year 2020. In addition, the school is ranked by QS World University as the No. 3 nursing school in the world, No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program, and No. 1 by NursingSchoolHub.com for its DNP program. For more information, visit www.nursing.jhu.edu.

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