Mary Chesney, PhD, MPH, MSN

Mary Chesney came to the University of Washington-Bothell in 2014. She has nearly 30 years’ experience practicing in community health nursing settings including in home health, community based wellness centers, long term care, and government agencies. In addition to many years of practice, she has been adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago campus, Seattle University, the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN, Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN, and Boise State University in Boise, ID. In each of these settings Mary has taught community health nursing. Mary has also taught epidemiology, nursing leadership, and research methods. She has developed and taught both a hybrid course on food, culture, and nursing care and a fully online course on health literacy.


Mary’s scholarship has been on issues focused on food and health. She is specifically interested in how diet impacts health and what influences people in making food choices when managing illness. Her dissertation was on the experiences of Caucasian nurses who provided diabetes education to American Indians living with diabetes. She is interested in increasing health care professionals understanding of diet, culture, and health. An additional area of interest is in health literacy which lead to the development of the online course on the topic.


Walden University
Minneapolis, MN
  • PhD in Public Health, specialization in Community Health Education and Program Planning
  • Dissertation Topic: Caucasian nurses experiences providing diabetes education to American Indians Dissertation Advisor-Dr. Cheryl Anderson
Walden University
Minneapolis, MN
  • MSN, specialization Nursing Education
  • Masters Project: Program Evaluation of an off-site RN-to-BSN Program
Walden University
Minneapolis, MN
  • MPH, specialization in Nutrition
  • Masters Project: Female Adolescent Dairy Product Consumption: Implications for Osteoporosis
College of St. Scholastica
Duluth, MN
  • BA in Nursing
College of St. Scholastica
Duluth, MN
  • BA in Home Economics Education






  • Partnerhsips in Community health
  • Health Literacy
  • Food, Culture, and Nursing Care
  • Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Inquiry
  • Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing