Emeritus Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing

Dr. Janie Heath was appointed Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing for the UK College of Nursing on August 1, 2014 and retired December 31, 2022. Formerly she was an endowed professor of nursing and the chief academic officer at the University of Virginia and the Medical College of Georgia.  She has provided academic leadership for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Critical-Care Clinical Nurse Specialist Programs at Georgetown University in Washington and at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Heath earned her Master of Science Degree, with a clinical nurse specialist focus, from the University of Oklahoma and her postmaster’s with an acute-adult nurse practitioner focus from the University of South Carolina. She completed her PhD in Nursing from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., in 2004 and earned a post-doctorate executive leadership certificate from Harvard University in 2013. She has more than 46 years of acute and critical care nursing experience in various positions from staff to administration to advanced practice and academic leadership. She has been awarded more than $2.0 million for academic and/or research initiatives, generated more than 150 publications and abstracts, served on numerous regional and national task forces for tobacco control and advanced practice nursing initiatives. Her primary research program of study involves workforce development for resilient and ethical practices and effective interventions with tobacco-dependent populations in acute and primary care settings. In addition, Dr. Heath served as a member of the board of directors for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), founded the Nurses for Tobacco Control National Coalition for Nurse Educators (NTCC), appointed the inaugural Distinguished Alumni of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In addition, she served as President of the Kentucky Nurses Action Coalition (2018-2021).  


Contact Information

Phone: (859) 323-6533

Fax: (859) 323-1057

Email: jheath@uky.edu


PhD, George Mason University, 2005
CERT, University of South Carolina, 1994
MS, University of Oklahoma, 1991
BSN, Cameron University, 1981
ADN, Cameron University, 1976


Promoting healthy working and learning environments; advancing nursing science and scholarly practice; integrating evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions; and fostering nursing professionalism, leadership and advocacy for health and wellness


Dr. Janie Heath's CV