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FEATURED MOVER | Yolanda Ogbolu, UMD School of Nursing

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) named Yolanda Ogbolu, Ph.D., MS, BSN, CRNP, FNAP, FAAN as chair of the Department of Partnerships, Professional Education, and Practice (PPEP).

Since 2015, she has served as the director of the Office of Global Health within PPEP; she served as the office’s deputy director from 2010 to 2015.

As chair of PPEP, Ogbolu will serve as an administrative officer of one of UMSON’s five academic departments, leading departmental faculty members in UMSON’s tripartite mission of education, research and scholarship, and service. PPEP consists of 17 full-time and three part-time faculty members and 19 administrative staff members. The Department is diverse and consists of the Clinical Simulation Labs on the Baltimore Campus, the Governor’s Wellmobile Program, the Institute for Educators, the Office of Global Health, the Office of Professional Education, and the Standardized Patient Program, offered in collaboration with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Ogbolu has held the rank of UMSON assistant professor since 2010, and since 2015, she has held a dual appointment as an assistant professor in the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Master of Public Health program. During her tenure as director, the Office of Global Health developed new global health education opportunities, including courses for graduate and undergraduate students; a global health certificate program; service-learning courses for students to travel abroad; and 42 of UMSON’s courses now include global health content. Ogbolu has been responsible for forging and maintaining international partnerships and leading and facilitating meetings with international visitors and scholars, international nursing universities, and leaders from global ministries of health.

Ogbolu’s research and scholarship focus has been on health equity, social justice, and improving the lives of vulnerable newborns and their families. She is currently the principal investigator (PI) on the research project “Family Social Inclusion: Global Learning from Brazil to Baltimore,” funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Her clinical and professional experience includes 23 years as a neonatal nurse practitioner. She also brings extensive experience in health policy and community engagement to her new position. She serves as the chair of the interprofessional Taskforce on the Social Determinants of Health in Baltimore, led by the University of Maryland, Baltimore and established by the Maryland General Assembly, and previously served as the subcommittee co-chair for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Governor’s Taskforce on Cultural Competency and as a member of the Governor’s Epidemiology Taskforce on Infant Mortality.

Ogbolu has been recognized with numerous honors and awards, including as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, as a Fellow of the National Academies of Practice, and as a RWJF Scholar. She has also been recognized with the Harriet Tubman Legacy in Maternal Child Health Nursing Award from the Minority Nurses Association of Maryland and with the Governor’s Citation Award.

Yolanda Ogbolu, Ph.D., MS, BSN, CRNP, FNAP, FAAN, chair of the Department of Partnerships, Professional Education and Practice with the University of Maryland School of Nursing.

Yolanda Ogbolu, Ph.D., MS, BSN, CRNP, FNAP, FAAN, chair of the Department of Partnerships, Professional Education and Practice with the University of Maryland School of Nursing.


Resides in:

Columbia, Maryland


Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore City Community College and Ph.D., MS, and BS from University of Maryland Baltimore School of Nursing

If you had not chosen nursing as a profession, what profession would you choose and why? 

Difficult to answer- Nursing is absolutely the best profession.  It has allowed me to leverage my love of children in Baltimore and around the world.

Favorite vacation:

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

When I want to relax, I … : 

I love spending time walking with my husband (Michael) and four children (Tiffany, Jasmine, Michael, and Jordan

Favorite book:

“Half of the Yellow Sun,” by Chimamanda Adiche

Favorite quotation:

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi

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