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Zahra Ladhani

Assistant Professor of Nursing
Department of Health Sciences and Nursing

  • PhD, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • MPH, University of Minnesota
  • BSc Nursing, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan

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Zahra Ladhani
Teaching Focus

Ladhani’s teaching focuses on advanced nursing with emphasis on leadership and policy. It addresses investigation and analysis of policy, political dilemmas within the health care system, and educational/leadership roles that impact nursing practice. Incorporated in her teaching is the study of legal, ethical, and contemporary issues. Additional teaching experiences include the fields of community health nursing, concepts of teaching and learning for health professionals, and nursing management.

Professional Interests

Ladhani's research interests are in the area of the education of health professionals with particular focus on exploring strategies to integrate community-based education and competency approach in the curriculum. Utilizing her research background, she has recently worked with a private nursing school in Pakistan to facilitate the restructure of their undergraduate curriculum and to design learning activities. She holds an honorary position as Global Faculty at the Philadelphia-based, non-profit, international institute known as FAIMER - Foundation of Advancement in Medical Education and Research. She has also been a technical advisor to a number of academic and non-academic health institutions in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Ladhani has vast experience in planning and managing primary health care programs, training and supervising community-based workers, and providing technical support to local health care organizations. She and a colleague from Suez Canal University, Egypt, are currently compiling a book for the World Health Organization (WHO) on community-based educational strategies. This book will be a collection of past experiences and techniques used for community-based education and experiences. The purpose is to document and share these experiences with educators, students, community workers, and all those who intend to adopt such strategies.