Pamela Aaltonen, PhD, RN


BSN, St. Olaf College
MSN, University of Illinois at Chicago
PhD, Purdue University


Dr. Aaltonen is the associate head of the School of Nursing, College of Health and Human Sciences.  Her focus on public health and public health nursing is evident in her teaching, research, and engagement.  Professor Aaltonen’s research centers on use of information technology in the public health system. She is currently studying the implementation of e-government by local health departments.  Her second area of research is homeland security and public health agencies. She has collaborated with Purdue's Homeland Security Institute on issues related to public health systems and preparedness. 

Professor Aaltonen currently teaches a series of interdisciplinary graduate courses in Homeland Security and Preparedness with two faculty colleagues from other Purdue colleges.  Dr. Aaltonen takes undergraduate nursing students to the Navajo Reservation each May for a unique clinical experience in public health nursing.  She has been the recipient of Purdue University’s Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and is included in Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers.  She is an elected member and chair of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association and is currently chairing the local board of health.

Area(s) of Specialization

Public Health Nursing: Navajo Nation Experience

Foundations in Homeland Security

Managing Resources and Applications for Homeland Security

Aaltonen, Pamela M.
Professor Emerita

Phone: 765-494-4041
Office: JNSN 217

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