Dr. Marla E. Salmon

Professor of Nursing & Public Health
University of Washington - Seattle
Seattle, Washington
United States

Focus Areas

Community & Civic Engagement
Public Sector / Government
Policy & Education


Marla Salmon is Senior Visiting Fellow at the Evans School of Public Affairs, and Professor of Nursing and Public Health at the University of Washington (UW). She has served as dean of nursing at both UW and Emory University, and as a faculty member in nursing and/or public health the University of Pennsylvania, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Minnesota. Focusing on global and domestic health policy and workforce development, Salmons career has included a number of governmental and policy leadership roles, including: Director of the Division of Nursing with the US Department of Health and Human Service; Chair of the National Advisory Committee for Nursing Education and Practice; member of the Clinton administrations White House Taskforce on Healthcare Reform; member of the US Delegation to the World Health Organization and; member of the National Institute for Nursing Research National Advisory Committee. She was recently appointed to the Special Medical Advisory Committee for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Salmons international service roles have focused on health workforce capacity building and include: Chair of the Global Advisory Group for Nursing and Midwifery, World Health Organization; Head of the Secretariat for the Global Government Chief Nursing Officers Network; and, founding director of the Lillian Carter Center for International Nursing, Emory University. She has been a consultant/advisor to individual governments and global health bodies, including the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, the Caribbean Community Secretariat, the Commonwealth Health Ministries Steering Committee for Nursing and Midwifery, the Regional Nursing Body of the Caribbean, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently serving on the board of directors for the Institute for Education of Students Abroad (IES) and the Gretta Foundation, Dr. Salmon is a trustee emeritus for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine, where she has served on a number of committees, including the Institute of Medicines Committee on Envisioning a Strategy to Prepare for the Long-term Burden of HIV/AIDS: African Needs and the US Interests. Salmons publications include the award-winning book, NURSE: a World of Care, which documents the role and impact of nursing around the world. She has been recognized with numerous national awards, including a 2008 Book of the year award from the American Journal of Nursing. She is also the recipient of numerous other national and international awards and recognitions. Salmon received her doctorate in health policy and administration from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, where she continues to serve on the Deans Advisory Committee. She also holds degrees in nursing and political science, and studied national health insurance in Germany and Kuwait as a Fulbright Scholar.