Division of Graduate Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice Department
Bellet Building, Rm. 513
Joan Rosen Bloch, PhD, CRNP, joined Drexel University as a full-time faculty member in 2005. She received her BSN from Thomas Jefferson University in 1978, MSN from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981, and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. During her doctoral studies, she was awarded a two-year NIH pre-doctoral research fellowship in the Center for Vulnerable Women, Children and Families. Upon completion of her PhD, she was awarded a NIH post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy. Complementing her doctoral coursework at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing was extensive coursework in both the School of Medicine and the Wharton Business School, enhancing her perinatal epidemiology and maternal-infant policy research abilities.
Dr. Bloch’s mission in nursing is to promote optimal health for women and their families through practice, teaching and research. As a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner since 1981, she has practiced in a variety of settings: city clinics, HMOs, and private practice. Her current practice in a Philadelphia federally-funded prenatal center informs her teaching and research. At Drexel University, she teaches women’s health and research to BSN, MSN and doctoral nursing students. Her prior teaching experiences include an adjunct faculty position from 1988 - 1997 in the first Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program in the U.S. which was federally funded and taught by Planned Parenthood Federation of America. From 2002 -2005, she was an Assistant Professor of Nursing at The College of New Jersey.
Dr. Bloch’s program of research is aimed at advancing knowledge that can ultimately be translated into practice to improve individual and population outcomes for mothers, children and families. She has received funding to investigate caregiver issues related to parenting children with neurodevelopmental disabilities throughout the life cycle. Currently, the focus of her current NIH funded research is aimed at preventing adverse birth outcomes specifically related to preterm births that can lead to subsequent infant morbidity and mortality. Dr. Bloch is involved with an internationally renowned perinatal epidemiology research team, hoping that her perspectives as a nurse will provide a useful disciplinary lens to this complex health problem in which significant racial perinatal health disparities exist.
In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Bloch’s service to her profession and community is marked by over twenty-five years of serving on various Boards of Directors of national and local professional and community service organizations.