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Irene Felsman, DNP, MPH, RN, C-GH

Assistant Professor
(919) 684-1652
3131 Pearson Building

Irene Felsman, DNP, MPH, RN, became a member of DUSON’s faculty on July 1, 2017. She is a member of the Clinical Health Systems & Analytics Division.

Throughout her career, Dr. Felsman has worked with immigrants, refugees, displaced, and low-income populations in the US and globally and has gained extensive experience in community engagement methods and the development of culturally aligned community interventions to improve health and access to care for women and children in diverse settings. She is known to many of us through her work as a Clinical Nurse Educator/Instructor in the ABSN program where she co-taught the Wellness and Health Promotion course and guest lectured in community health and health promotion courses. She has also led global clinical immersion experiences to Tanzania, Nicaragua, Barbados and Guatemala.

Dr. Felsman served on the strategic planning committee, is the lead for Global Health Strategy 2.1 (Integrating global health concepts into educational programs) and is a member of the Community Health strategy team.

Dr. Irene Felsman received her BSN from Duke University, her MPH and Certificate of Health Care in Developing Countries from Boston University School of Public Health, and her DNP from Duquesne University.

Academic Program Affiliations

  • Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program


  • DNP - Duquesne University
  • MPH - Boston University
  • BSN - Duke University School of Nursing

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 || DNP Poster Award for “Assessing Distress Levels in Refugee Women to Enhance Psychosocial Interventions” Honorable Mention, Duquesne University School of Nursing
  • 2015 || Inductee, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
  • 2015 || Outstanding Graduate Student in Community and Public Health Award, Association of Community Health Educators (ACHNE)
  • 1976 || Inductee, Sigma Theta Tau
  • 1976 || President’s Award, Harlaxton College, England

Areas of Interest

Immigrant health and adaptation: risk and resiliency
Refugee resettlement and distress
Risk and resiliency in children
Community health improvement for vulnerable populations- local and global
Global health education and service learning

Representative Publications

  • 2017 -- Felsman, I. Supporting health and well-being of refugee women: The Global Women’s Group Creative Nursing. 22(4); 226-32
  • 2006 -- Felsman, I. C., & Krijgh, E. Sustainable support for parents of disabled children: A situational analysis of self-help groups in urban high density areas in Zimbabwe October 3, 2006
  • 2006 -- Krijgh, E., Felsman, I. C., & Muchero, R. When needles heal: Impressions of life by a group of sewing mothers and their disabled children 2006
  • 2000 -- Felsman, I. Traditional children’s singing games of Zimbabwe Pass It On!, The Journal of the Children's Music Network. Spring, 2000
  • 1990 -- PubMed # : 2291123 Felsman, J. K. and Leong, F. T. and Johnson, M. C. and Felsman, I. C. Estimates of psychological distress among Vietnamese refugees: adolescents, unaccompanied minors and young adults. Soc Sci Med. 31(11); 1251-6
  • 1989 -- Felsman, J. K., Felsman, I. C., Leong, F. T., & Johnson, M. C. Vietnamese Amerasians: Practical implications of recent research December, 1989 76
  • 1989 -- Felsman, J. K., Johnson, M. C., Felsman, I. C., & Leong, F. T. Amerasians at risk in public schools? In America: Perspectives on Refugee Resettlement. June, 1989 16
  • 1988 -- Johnson, M. C., Felsman, J. K., Felsman, I. C., & Leong, F. T. Vietnamese Amerasians: An annotated bibliography August, 1988 27
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Donna Biederman, Irene Felsman and staff member Heather Mountz recently presented at the Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE) Annual Institute in New Orleans. The three gave a 90-minute symposium presentation about the evolution and early success of the DUSON Community Health Improvement Partnership Program (D-CHIPP).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Duke University School of Nursing Community Health Improvement Partnership Program (D-CHIPP) recently hosted a Design Thinking workshop for staff and volunteers at Families Moving Forward (FMF). D-CHIPP Director, Donna Biederman, along with D-CHIPP Advisory Board members Alison Edie, Irene Felsman and Michelle Hartman also participated.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Irene Felsman was recently appointed as a Duke Global Health Institute faculty affiliate in recognition of her commitment to global health at Duke. Her affiliate status is for two years and can be renewed indefinitely. Learn more about the Duke Global Health Institute here.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Irene Felsman recently presented at the 2017 Association of Community Health Nurse Educators Annual Institute. Her presentation was entitled " The Power of Partnership: Mentoring Nursing Students in Global Community Health Leadership." The theme for this year's Institute was "Developing and Supporting Leadership in Public Health Nursing Practice and Education." 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Congratulations to our colleagues whose tenure promotion and appointments were approved at the August 25 Board of Trustees meeting:

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Irene Felsman was one of 75 faculty and administrative colleagues from around the world to complete the Teach Global Health: 2017 Summer Institute for Undergraduate Course Development and Curriculum Design.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Donna Biederman, Irene Felsman and 11 ABSN students participated in the Durham Point-in-Time Count. The annual event is mandated for municipalities that receive Department of Housing and Urban Development funding for homeless services and occurs during one night the last week of January. During the count, homeless persons were surveyed and given a bus pass and VIP pass to the Fresh Start Connect.

In addition, Michelle Hartman and a team of six ABSN students were at the Durham Bulls stadium to greet the VIP guests and accompany them to the various service providers on hand.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Irene Felsman published an article entitled "Supporting Health and Well-Being for Resettled Refugee Women: The Global Women's Group" in Creative Nursing.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Irene Felsman presented a poster entitled “Learning Cultural Humility Through Community Engagement: Health Teaching in a Refugee Women’s Group” at the annual 2016 Triangle Global Health Conference in Chapel Hill, N.C.

This year’s theme was “Global is Local Health” and it was sponsored by the Triangle Global Health Consortium.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Irene Felsman received the Outstanding Graduate Student in Community/Public Health Nursing Award from the Association of Community Health Nursing Educators (ACHNE).