Gwyneth Milbrath, PhD RN MPH

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Milbrath recently completed her PhD in Nursing from the University of Virginia. Her dissertation entitled, "The nurses of Pearl Harbor, December 1941" was successfully defended on December 7th, 2016, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As a new researcher, Dr. Milbrath hopes to refine and expand her historical research and work with the Midwest Nursing History Research Center. Dr. Milbrath also co-developed and co-taught a disaster preparedness course in St. Kitts and Nevis, and has performed public health research in rural South Africa. She plans to continue to research geographic health disparities and the community effects of disaster in a variety of geographic and economic settings. Dr. Milbrath enjoys teaching both graduate and undergraduate students, and has previously taught courses in pathophysiology, public health, and health policy using a variety of teaching platforms including lecture, online, hybrid, and clinical courses.

Service / Practice

Dr. Milbrath is an experienced Emergency Nurse and member of the Emergency Nurses Association. She also is an active member in the American Association for the History of Nursing and advocates for increasing research opportunities for students and faculty in nursing history.

Selected Honors & Awards

Army Medical Department Museum Foundation Spurgeon Neel Award (2015)
University of Virginia Center for Global Health Scholar (2014)
University of Virginia Jefferson Public Citizens Grant Award (2014)
Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Theta Chapter Excellence in Clinical Practice Award (2010)
University of Florida College of Nursing Academic Excellence Award (2010)

Selected Publications

Liehr, P., Sopcheck, J., & Milbrath, G. (2016). Remembering Pearl Harbor at 75 Years. AJN The American Journal of Nursing, 116(12), 54-57.

Milbrath, G. (2016). Grace Under Fire: The Army Nurses of Pearl Harbor, 1941. US Army Medical Department Journal, December 2016: 112-117.

Peterson, N. E., Moss, K. O., Milbrath, G. R., von Gaudecker, J. R., Park, E., & Chung, M. (2015). Qualitative Analysis of Student Perceptions of Bachelor of Science-to-Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Programs. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(10), 542-549.

Milbrath, G. R., & DeGuzman, P. B. (2015). Neighborhood: a conceptual analysis. Public Health Nursing, 32(4), 349-358.

Snyder, A. E., & Milbrath, G. R. (2013). Description of healthcare needs at an episodic clinic in rural southwest Virginia. Rural and Remote Health, 13(2557).

Current Research

Dr. Milbrath's current research interests include nursing history, disaster nursing, global health, and geographic health disparities