Faculty/Staff Profile

Christine Eisenhauer, PhD, APRN-CNS, PHCNS-BC, CNE
Associate Professor
Clinical Nurse Specialist - Public Health

Contact Information
University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
College of Nursing - Northern Division
801 E Benjamin
Norfolk, NE 68701
E-Mail: ceisenhauer@unmc.edu

Profile Information

Dr. Eisenhauer is Assistant Professor and an advanced practice nurse in public health. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD, a masters in public health nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE, a post-masters certificate in transcultural nursing from the University of Northern Colorado in Greely, CO, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, MO. Dr. Eisenhauers clinical background includes public health nursing across a wide array of select populations, including Native American tribal communities, farmers, and rural children, adults, and elderly.


Dr. Eisenhauer is a certified nurse educator with advanced experience in instructional design in experiential learning and web-based learning.

  • Extensive undergraduate level classroom and clinical teaching experience in public health nursing, rural health, behaviorally disordered pediatrics, and evidence-based practice
  • Teaches philosophy of science and qualitative methods courses to PhD students
  • Serves as dissertation committee member

Research / Scholarship

Dr. Eisenhauers research focus is on health promotion, in particular healthy eating and activity, in rural men. She is adept in community-based participatory approaches for engaging hard-to-reach populations with research and advanced qualitative methods.

  • Engaging rural men with mobile technologies for weight loss: A randomized controlled trial. National Institutes of Health / National Institute for Nursing Research, 1R15NR017522-01 $250,000. (2017-2020). Principal Investigator: Eisenhauer, C. (Co-Investigators: Pullen, C., Hageman, P., Yoder, A., Silva, F., Kupzyk, K.) Role: Principal Investigator
  • Served as PI of study funded by UNMC Colleges of Allied Health, Northeast Nebraska Fund for Excellence, Pullen Development (2015-present) titled: Feasibility of Using Technology to Promote Self-Monitoring for Healthy Eating and Activity in Rural Men in Northeast Nebraska
  • Served as co-investigator on NIH/NINR funded R01 study (2013-present) titled: Web-based weight loss and weight maintenance intervention for older, rural women
  • Served as PI on a study funded by Sigma Theta Tau International- Lambda Phi and Gamma Pi-at-Large (2010-2012) titled: The impact of life course experience and generation on the meaning and management of cognitive decline in rural, older women
  • Served as PI on injury prevention project funded by the Wellmark Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield (2002-2003) titled: Yankton community child passenger safety project (2002-2003)
  • Served as PI on injury prevention project funded by Bureau of Indian Affairs (2001) titled: Child passenger safety in Indian Country


Invited speaker at local, regional, and national nursing and health promotion conferences

Involved in development of evidence-based education for rural nurses

Continues in clinical practice, focusing on educating clinical nurses to deliver culturally sensitive care to select rural populations through workshops and other teaching venues

Professional Service / Recognition

Co-Sponsor for PhD student National Research Service Award (NRSA) applicants (2017-present)

Chair- Health Promoting Behaviors Across the Lifespan Research Interest Group- Midwest Nurses Research Society (2017-2018)/p>

Chair Elect- Health Promoting Behaviors Across the Lifespan Research Interest Group- Midwest Nurses Research Society (2016)

Appointed to public health project team for Robert Wood Johnson Foundations Nurses as Champions and Policy Leaders in a Transforming Health Care System: The Emerging Community Health Worker (CHW) Role in Nebraska (2016)

Serve on Communications Committee- Midwest Nurses Research Society (2016)

Selected as Rural Health Fellow- National Rural Health Association (2015)

Selected as Nebraska Action Coalitions 40 Nurse Leaders Under 40 (2014)

Journal Reviewer for Public Health Nursing, Journal of Rural Sociology, Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Healthcare, Progress in Community Health Partnerships

Received blue ribbon honor for promoting social responsibility from the American Physical Therapy Association, Section for Health Policy and Administration, Global Health Special Interest Group at the 2016 Combined Sections Meeting [Becker, BJ., Eisenhauer, CM., Pullen, CH., Dizona, PJ., Hageman, PA. Feasibility of mHealth technology use among a sample of isolated rural men at high risk for cardiovascular disease].

Selected for UNMC Rosalee Yeaworth Teaching Excellence Award (2012)

Appointed to Chapter Charter Task Force- Sigma Theta Tau International (2009-present)

American Academy of Colleges of Nursing After College Award- Health literacy in rural farmers (2008)

Moffitt Foundation Cancer, Culture, and Literacy Conference Award- Health literacy in rural, farmers (2008)

Nursing Education Deans and Directors Division of the South Dakota Nurses Association Fellowship, Advancing transcultural nursing in rural schools of nursing (2007)

Bush Foundation Leadership Fellows Program Finalist, Topic- Advancing our understanding of how rural culture intersects with health care. Shakopee, MN (2006)

Received Champions for Education Award for Yankton County Child Passenger Safety Program (2003)

Avera Quality Congress Leadership Award Finalist- Yankton County Child Passenger Safety Program (2003)

1st place Masters Student Poster Presentation (competitive)- Perceptions of newly immigrated Hispanics to barriers to and needs for culturally competent healthcare in the greater Omaha area. Midwest Nurses Research Societys Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI (2003)