Ricky R. Norwood

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty
Cowell Hall, Rm 426


Dr. Norwood has a strong focus on health promotion, disease prevention and wellness and is fully committed to provide quality patient care and safety, coordination, communication, and advocacy for patients and their families. He brings more than 27 years of nursing experience with a background in family practice, trauma nursing, surgical nursing and military nursing. Dr. Norwood currently serves as an Associate Professor at USF, primary care provider for over 200 patients at Grass Valley Extended Care, Co-chair of the Education Committee of CANP, and Chair of the Health & Wellness Committee of the 100 Black Men of Sacramento. He guest lectures on the topic of Clinical Leadership and has participated as a speaker for several local Health Professional community events, encouraging and inspiring young people, especially minorities to become a healthcare professional.


  • Primary Care
  • Mental Health
  • Military Medicine


  • Co-chair, Education Committee, California Association for Nurse Practitioners
  • Chair, Health and Wellness Committee, 100 Black Men of Sacramento


  • USF, MSBH, 2018
  • USF, DNP, 2013
  • Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences USUHS), MSN, 2006
  • University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), MSN, 2003
  • UTEP, BSN, 1995
  • DeAnza College, AA, 1992

Prior Experience

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Clinician Educator, UC Davis
  • Assistant Professor, Samuel Merritt University (SMU)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified, Major, US Army Nurse Corps
  • Perioperative Nurse, CNOR, Captain, US Army Nurse Corps

Awards & Distinctions

  • Dean’s Award for Excellence – Community – UC Davis, 2017
  • Lela Duffel Morris Nursing Scholarship Recipient, 2013
  • USUHS GSN Dean’s Research Award, 2006

Selected Publications

  • Bibb, S.C., Norwood, R., Meyer, J.F. (2007). Factors Associated with Health Care Professionals’ Choice of Written Asthma Management Plans. Military Medicine, 172(10):1058-64.