Ross Johnson, PhD, MPH
Practice Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Public Health Interests
Current Public-Health Related Activities
Dr. Johnson teaches introductory biology courses to first-year nursing students and research methods to junior-level and accelerated program students. As in his research on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, he aims to help students develop understanding at the systems level of how basic biological principles affect a patient’s well-being and in turn, influence a nurse’s care plan. For example, he relates learning about cell structure and function to the example of cancer, reminding students that malignancies begin with dysregulation and overproliferation of a single cell that becomes many, metastasizes, and wreaks havoc on its host. His aim is to connect basic science with clinical care in ways that make students more thoughtful, effective nurses.