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Ruth Chen


Dr. Chen is the Assistant Dean, Faculty Development for the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at McMaster University. Dr. Chen has served on the Board of Directors for the Yale University School of Nursing Alumni Association and is a Delegate of the Association for Yale Alumni. She has also served on the board of directors for the McMaster Children’s Centre. Dr. Chen completed her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California at Berkeley, her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University, and her PhD in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Health Research Methodology Program, at McMaster University.

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Dr. Chen's previous research focused on pediatric asthma and pediatric pain management, and her clinical work as a nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist was in the areas of anesthesia/pain management and pediatric cardiology. Currently, her interests center around 1) implementation and evaluation of innovative education technologies, and 2) the exploration of philosophical and ethical issues in health professions education and education research. She has also studied the implementation and evaluation of online learning and technology-enhanced learning practices in health professions education. Additionally, she explores philosophical and ethical issues in health professions education and has published on subjects such as the hidden curriculum, moral imagination, and student participation in health professions education research.



Dr. Chen teaches in the undergraduate nursing program, with focus on the online sections of the Level 4 core courses in the BScN program. She is particularly interested in developing and expanding online learning opportunities for students and faculty.


In the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs, she leads and teaches in the Pathophysiology course the Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner program and the Leadership and Management in Health Professions Education course in the Master of Health Sciences Education Program.

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