Deb Penney CNM, MPH, PhD

Curriculum Vitae Biosketch

  • Associate Professor (Clinical), College Of Nursing



  • PhD, Nursing, University of Utah. Project: Experiences and Perceptions of Iraqi Muslim Refugee Women and Primary Health Care Providers in the Health Care Encounter
  • MPH, Public Health, International Health, Loma Linda University
  • MS CNM, Nursing Midwifery, University of Colorado
  • BS Nursing, Nursing, University of Northern Colorado

Honors & Awards

  • Honors for Nursing. Utah Nurses Association, 05/12/2013
  • Summer Scholarship Institute. University of Utah College of Nursing, 08/31/2010


Debra Penney is Associate Clinical Professor in the Nurse-Midwifery and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program. She is a graduate of University of Northern Colorado with a BS in nursing (1979) and the University of Colorado with an MS in nursing and midwifery (1990). She also has a Master's in Public Health (specializing in International Health) from Loma Linda University in California (1997). Debra spent a decade living in the Middle East, learning Arabic, practicing midwifery and teaching primary health care workers and midwives. She has been involved with many projects upgrading clinical and teaching skills of health workers in Yemen, and has been an external evaluator for a Maternal Child Health project in Afghanistan. She has presented nationally and locally on topics related to cultural responsiveness, refugees and women's health. Her dissertation research (2015) was a qualitative study that explored the patient-provider health encounter and the intersection of race, ethnicity, religion and language. Currently she practices at the University of Utah as a certified nurse-midwife and teaches various courses in both the undergraduate and graduate levels of students at the College of Nursing.


  • American Public Health Association (APHA), member, 01/01/2016 - present
  • Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), member, 08/2008 - 12/2015
  • American College of Nurse-Midwifery (ACNM), Member, 07/01/1990 - 12/31/2017

In the Media


  • English, fluent.
  • Arabic, functional.
  • Spanish, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Iraq
  • Somalia
  • Yemen