Valerie Dzubur

Associate Professor EdD, FNP

Programs and Courses Taught

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner Online

N670 Family Nursing, N674 Family Nursing and Health Promotion, N676 Management of Chronic Conditions, N773 Roles and Ethics for the APRN

About Me

Dr. Valerie Dzubur is an Associate Professor in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at Samuel Merritt University (SMU), Oakland, California. Dr. Dzubur developed the Family Nursing course for both the online and face to face students at SMU in the FNP program in 2015. The course is built to address both the special needs of vulnerable groups and the shared needs of all families. Dr. Dzubur holds a degree as Doctor of Education (EdD) from the University of San Francisco in Organization Leadership (2006). Her dissertation focus was on the question of what is progress in international development in Lao PDR. Dr. Dzubur takes FNP students from SMU to South East Asia yearly to provide healthcare services in a village setting. She also teaches Advanced Physical Assessment, Health Promotion, and Chronic Care Across the Life Span. Her research and publications reflect her fieldwork in Lao PDR. Her first publication in 2007 was a case study exploring the ideas of Paul Ricoeur concerning human fragility and its corresponding responsibility. Dr. Dzubur has presented internationally at the Internal Council of Advanced Practice Nurses, nationally at NONPF, and at the state level on topics related to ethics, global health, leadership, international development and trauma informed healthcare. Dr. Dzubur can be reached at


Obtained BSN from SFSU in 1981, Family Nurse Practitioner from Sonoma State University with MSN in 1985, and EdD in Organizational Leadership at San Francisco University in 2006

Teaching Interests

Health Promotion, and Screening

Scholarly Interests

Genetics, Personalized Medicine, Vulnerable groups


Publications Peer Review
The power of narrative and local traditions in international health in reducing the incidence of malaria among three villages in southeast Asia. Peer reviewed paper. 2016

The one and the many: economic integration in Southeast Asia. Webster University Conference Interdependence in Southeast Asia, Limits and Opportunities 2013 Bangkok.

A Woman of Merit: building the silk road of Lao PDR through space and time, a paper publication, Thammasat University Press. Bangkok, Thailand, Fall 2012. 

Critical hermeneutic inquiry in Lao PDR: International development and the question of progress. A paper/presentation at the Second International Conference on Science and Society, Madrid, Spain 2010. 

Fusion of horizon a Syrian and American Conversation. Sufism and Inquiry Summer 2010. 

Primary Health Care in Laos: Fragility and Responsibility. The Applied Anthropologist, June 2007. 

The power of language in socioeconomic development in Laos, a paper presented at the International Conference Language & Nationhood Discourse Across Cultures and Disciplines, Malaysia May15, 2007

Professional Affiliations & Memberships


Community Service

Sigma Theta Tau Nu Xi chapter, chair of Philanthrophy Committee, The Cambodia Project, takes FNP and RN students to South East Asian each year to do a health clinic in a village setting

Honors & Awards

Spot Award Development of FNP E=Portfolio 2011 - 2012
Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in National Academies of Practice 2012
Samuel Merritt College Spot Award 2008
Featured in NP News-line November 2007
Sigma Theta Tau 2007 Award Excellence in Philanthropy
Hair on Fire Award 2006
Nomination for faculty of the year 2004
CANP Best FNP Faculty award from CANP 2004
Journal of the Addiction Interview 14:109-111, 2003.
Featured in Nurseweek July 1991