Ann Cary, RN, MPH, Ph.D., FNAP


Phone: 816-235-1723



Dr. Cary serves as the Dean at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Cary was formerly the director and a professor at the Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing, and she directed distance-learning programs for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has been in the field of higher education for 25 years as a champion for public health nursing and interdisciplinary practice.

Dr. Cary is a program builder and initiator of new ventures, programs, and products. She has led doctoral programs in nursing, as well as masters programs in nursing and in public health and nonprofit ventures in consultation, research and education. She received her BSN from LSU in New Orleans, MPH from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and PhD from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. She also earned a certificate in Leadership for the 21st Century from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy and a professional development certificate from the Wharton School. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.

Dr. Cary has authored more than 70 publications and speaks frequently on leadership, public health and nursing, environmental health, case management, ethics and credentialing, federal and private grants for new programming to expand graduate education, and web-based professional development products. She provides consultation to higher education for curriculum development, credentialing, new program expansion, distance learning and granstmanship, is a visiting faculty member for courses in public health and leadership and provides international consultation. She was awarded a primary care policy fellowship in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and remains an active leader in interprofessional organizations, as well as nursing. She was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Recognition award in 2006, Outstanding Public Health Nurse Educator for Virginia and Great 100 Virginia Nurses in 1999. She has also been a U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Primary Care Policy Fellow.