L. Michele Issel

L. Michele Issel

Professor Emerita
Department of Public Health Sciences



PhD, University of Washington, School of Nursing; MN, University of Washington; BSN, Sonoma State University; ADN, College of the Redwoods.

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Research Interest:

Community-based perinatal services, Medicaid prenatal case management, program evaluation, public health workforce development, public health nursing, dosage of community interventions.

Teaching Specialty:

Doctoral education, program planning and evaluation, philosophy of science.


Dr. Michele Issel holds an Adjunct Clinical Professor at the College of Nursing (CON) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Currently, she is Editor-in-Chief of Health Care Management Review, and serves as peer reviewer for several other journals. She served as peer reviewer for MCHB Title V Block Grants. The third edition of her textbook on program planning and evaluation was released in February 2013.

As of September 2013, she has two funded projects. The Keeping RNs to Improve and Strengthen Population Health (KRISP) project, funded by HRSA, BHPr, addresses the shortage of public health nurses. This project is being implemented in collaboration with six local health departments, three in Illinois and three in Washington State. The Best Practices to Preserve MCAH Performance in Local Health Departments: Learning from the Economic Downturn is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project aims to develop best practices for preserving services and programs to meet the needs of pregnant women, infants, children and adolescents.

In addition, she served as the faculty mentor to Dr. Joshua Vest, under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Public Health Services and Systems Research Dissertation and Junior Faculty Award. They completed a research project, Effective Public Health Data Sharing for Local Decision Making, which has implications for monitoring immunization status of children.

In 2012, Dr. Issel gave two invited presentations, one in Italy at the Associazione Italiana di Economia Sanitaria (AIES), Annual Conference on the topic of American Health Care Reform: Implications for Health Care Management, Health Policy and Health Economics, and the other presentation at the HRSA’s National Office of Rural Health Annual Delta Grantee Meeting, on the topic of Quality Improvement Processes for Outcome Success. In 2013, she gave a keynote presentation Management Approaches to Advancing the Practice of Public Health Nurses at the 3rd International Public Health Nursing Conference in Galway, Ireland.