Marcianna Nosek

Marcianna Nosek


Full-Time Faculty


As a tenured Professor, Dr. Nosek teaches the maternity and epidemiology courses for the MSN program, and health behavior theory and communication, maternal child health elective, and applied practice experience courses for the MPH program. Previously, she has taught cultural & linguistic preparation for healthcare, nursing research, introduction to public health, and immersion courses to Colombia and Cuba.

Her research involves both quantitative and qualitative methodologies spanning broadly but carries a thread of focus on marginalized persons, or with the aim of enhancing moral, ethical, and empathic qualities of nursing and MPH students learning to care for complex patients or challenging populations. She is interested in community-based research working in partnership with NGOs both domestically and globally. Current projects include the launch of a mobile application for electronic charting for a home-based nursing program serving high risk postpartum women and infants in Malawi, and analyzing the experiences of those who have given birth during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Phenomenology
  • Maternal child health
  • Community health
  • Nonviolent communication

Research Areas

  • Community based participatory
  • Perinatal/global health
  • Empathy/emotional intelligence
  • Phronesis


  • Former SONHP Faculty Representative, USFFA Policy Board
  • Former Chair, SONHP Peer Review Committee
  • Former Co-Director, MPH Program


  • UC San Francisco, PhD in Nursing, 2007
  • UC San Francisco, MS & Certified Nurse Midwife, 2004
  • UC Berkeley, MPH, Specialty Areas of Maternal/Child & International Health, 2002
  • CSU Monterey Bay, BA in Integrated Studies/International Health, 2000
  • Cabrillo College, ASN, Registered Nurse, 1990

Prior Experience

  • Volunteer as Women’s Health Clinician, Women’s Community Clinic, San Francisco CA
  • Registered Nurse on Maternity Care Unit, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Salinas CA
  • Fellowship as Certified Nurse Midwife, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco CA

Awards & Distinctions

  • University of San Francisco Jesuit Grant, African Mothers Health Initiative (AMHI)/Joyful Motherhood (JM) Piloting of Mobile App for Electronic Health Records & Program Evaluation (2021)
  • EuroQol Research Foundation, Health-Related Quality-of-life of the Pregnant and Postpartum Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic (Phase I) (2021)
  • 65th American College of Nurse Midwives Annual Meeting, Best Global Research Award (2020)
  • University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions Teaching Effectiveness Award (2012)

Selected Publications