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Barb Kruger, PhD, MPH, RN - Associate Professor, Nursing

Barbara Kruger

Associate Professor, Nursing


Barbara Kruger graduated with a PhD in nursing from the University of Florida after studying at the University of South Florida, Boston College and St. Anslem’s College. She spent several years in the nursing and public health fields before joining the faculty in UNF’s School of Nursing in 2001.


As an associate professor, Dr. Kruger teaches community-public health nursing.  She also coordinates the School of Nursing’s Home Base Model. The Home Base Model integrates community-based learning into the nursing curriculum. The model requires students to work in a local neighborhood or community setting for five semesters. Dr. Kruger believes that the Home Base Model is the best way to teach community nursing while emphasizing the time required to build relationships in the community and impact population health. She firmly believes in putting theory into practice.


Dr. Kruger’s Community Scholars project allowed her to spend time developing teaching aids and articulate the expectations of partnerships for the School of Nursing. She spent time focusing on enhancing the educational preparation of students, faculty, and community agencies through partnership.


As a result of her hard work, Dr. Kruger received the University's first "Outstanding Faculty Community-Engaged Scholarship Award" in 2013.