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Diane Kunyk, PhD, RN

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, Associate Adjunct Professor, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre


About Me


  • PhD, University of Alberta
  • CIHR Doctoral Fellowship in Strategic Training in Enhancing Qualitative Understanding of Illness Processes and Prevention (EQUIPP)
  • MN, University of Alberta 
  • BScN, University of Alberta

Dr. Kunyk has received numerous awards including the University of Alberta Presidents Doctoral Award of Distinction, CIHR Strategic Training in Health Research Fellowship in qualitative and transdisciplinary mixed-methods, and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. She was particularly touched when a recipient of the Sandy McKinnon Memorial Scholarship in Nursing.


Dr. Kunyk is interested in the theoretical and applied aspects of ethics, particularly relational and organizational ethics, health policy and health systems as these relate to the health and well-being of populations (including health professionals). Her research goals are to advance the theoretical basis of health policy and to translate research findings in ways that provide practical solutions for improving health. 

In this work, Dr. Kunyk employs quantitative, qualitative and systematic review methodologies. Substantive areas have included include professional regulation, occupational health, addiction and tobacco control.

Dr. Kunyk's professional background is in community, population and public health nursing with a particular focus on policy and program planning. This experience has exposed her to the ethical considerations and consequences (intended and unintended) of health policy and organization action in terms of vulnerability, disparities, power imbalances and/or stigma. 


Dr. Kunyk has experiential and teaching experiences in population health and research, policy development and implementation, and community health nursing. Her goal in teaching is to create a comfortable, safe environment for exploring, debating and learning with one another. 

Her teaching assignments include:

  • Interdisciplinary graduate courses: Research Ethics (INTD 670) and Healthcare Ethics (INTD 570)
  • Nursing graduate courses: Advanced Theory & Practicum in Community/Healthcare Organizations N(584), Health Practice in Communities and Organizations (N574), Community and Organizational Assessment (N514), and Research Foundations (N503).
  • Nursing undergraduate courses: Community Nursing Theory (N405), Nursing Research (N301), and Introduction to Nursing Theory (N303 and N103).