University of Illinois, College of Nursing, Chicago, IL

Executive Summary

Building an effective partnership for innovative nursing education and research to advance public health

India has a severe shortage of nurses and nursing faculty, especially those with knowledge and skills in HIV prevention, treatment and care. To address this need Bel-Air College of Nursing (Bel-Air) and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing (UIC) collaborated to develop India’s first nursing master's program specializing in HIV/AIDS, now approved by the Indian Nursing Council and scheduled to begin in 2014.

The project will expand on an existing 10-year collaboration between UIC and Bel-Air by developing, implementing and evaluating a collaborative education project to support this new masters (MSc) program. Primary objectives are to: 1) incorporate innovative teaching/learning strategies and evidence-based practices into the MSc curriculum; and 2) initiate and sustain collaborative mentored research and career development of Bel-Air/UIC faculty and graduate students. Project participants include more than 20 faculty and staff from UIC and Bel-Air.

The project addresses the urgent need for qualified health professionals to serve the growing number of persons living with HIV and aims to mitigate stigma that serves as a major barrier to HIV prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.

For inquiries, please contact:

Tonda L. Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor and Associate Dean for Global Health
College of Nursing
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Sr. Lourdu Mary Nagothu
Bel-Air College of Nursing
Panchgani, Maharashtra, India