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Anna Santos Salas, RN, PhD

Associate Professor


About Me


  • Enfermera, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
  • MN, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
  • PhD (Nursing), University of Alberta
  • Postdoctorate in health equity Faculty of Nursing University of Alberta (2009-2011)


In my research program, I investigate how gender and social inequities affect cancer and palliative care outcomes in populations with advanced cancer, and the development of interventions to improve the overall experiences of those affected by social inequities. Study populations include persons with advanced cancer living with social disparities, their significant ones, members of communities affected by global disparities, and oncology and palliative care providers. I follow a combination of research methodologies including interpretive inquiry, intersectionality, and critical and emancipatory approaches. Please see scholarly activity tab for current research.


Selected core values of my teaching philosophy

  • Access to education is a basic human right.
  • All human beings hold the potential to reach the highest level of human development. Access to education enables them to realize this potential.
  • The conditions in which human beings are born and develop shape our teaching and learning experiences. 
  • In teaching and learning, we need to be able to dream, and to believe that our dreams may come true.

Teaching areas

  • Contemporary philosophical trends in nursing
  • Interpretive inquiry and related research methodologies
  • Equity and global health

Selected courses taught 

NURS 513 Qualitative Research

NURS 610 Contemporary Views of Nursing Science

NURS 399 Selected Topics in Nursing Research (BScN Honors students)

NURS 498 Global Citizenship in Health