Derryl Block, Ph.D., M.P.H., MSN, RN

Derryl Block
Title: Professor
Division: School of Nursing
Phone: 815-752-8359

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Nursing (Planning and Evaluation of Health Programs)
  • M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania, Nursing (Community Health Nursing)
  • M.P.H., Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Public Health Administration
  • B.S.N., University of Maryland, Nursing

Academic Research Interests

  • Health workforce development
  • Planning and evaluation of public health programs and policies
  • Telehealth

Selected Publications

Henry, B.W., Billingsly, D., Block, D.E., and Ehrmann, J. (2021). Development of the teaching interpersonal skills for telehealth checklist. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 1-10. Retrieved

Hinkle, H., and Block, D. (2020). Validity and reliability testing of an assessment tool for culturally appropriate healthcare delivery training: The Public Health Culturally Appropriate Readiness and Engagement Tool. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 27(4), 114-117.

Vandenhouten, C., and Block, D. (2020). Health planning, public health policy, and finance. In C.L. Savage (Ed), Public/community health and nursing practice: Caring for populations (2nd ed.) pp. 537-568. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. (Note, Awarded first place in the 2020 AJN Book of the Year Award in the Community & Public Health category)

Henry, B.W. Ames, L.J, Block, D.E., and Vozenilek, J.E. (2018). Experienced practitioner’ views on interpersonal skills in telehealth delivery. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 16(2).

Henry, B.W., Block, D.E., Ciesla, J.R., McGowan, B.A, and Vozenilek, J.A. (2016). Clinician behaviors in telehealth care delivery: A systebmatic review. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22(4), 869-888.

Vandenhouten, C., Gallagher-Lepak, S., Block, D., Kubsch, S., Strom, J., and Malakar, C. (2016). The future of healthcare: Political participation of nursing and public health students. International Journal of Civic Engagement and Social Change (IJCESC), 2(4), 34-51.

Gibson, J.D., Richards, J., Srinivasan, A., and Block, D. (2015). Public health practice applications. In V. Saba & K. McCormick (Eds.) Essentials of Nursing Informatics (6th ed.), New York, McGraw Hill.

Reckinger, D., Cross, S., Block, D.E., Josten, L., and Savik, K. (2013). Public health nursing competency instrument: Scale reduction and reliability of factors. Public Health Nursing, 30 (6), 566-574.

Block, D. and Lindeke, L. (2013). Intersecting civic engagement with distance education. In H. E. Fitzgerald & J. Primavera (Eds.), Going public: Civic and community engagement (pp. 71-82). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.

Callen, B., Smith, C. M., Joyce, B., Lutz, J., Brown-Schott, N., Block, D. (2013). Teaching/learning strategies for the Essentials of Baccalauareate Nursing Education for Entry-Level Community/Public Health Nursing. Public Health Nursing.

Bennett, J.A., and Block, D. (2012). Nursing leadership to ensure patient and health worker protection from influenza. Vaccine, 30, 1756-1758

Vandenhouten, C. L., Malakar, C. L., Kubsch, S., Block, D., and Gallagher-Lepak, S. (2011). Political participation of registered nurses. Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, 12(3), 159-167. View abstract.

Gibson, J.D., Richard, J., Srinivansan, A., and Block, D. (2011). Public health practice applications. In V. Saba and K. McCormick (Eds.) Essentials of Nursing Informatics (5th ed.), New York, McGraw Hill.

Gallagher-Lepak, S., Block, D., Rojaz, Y.E.U., Birkholz, L., and Moran, C.C.M. (2011). Using distance technology to learn across borders: A virtual "travel course" in nursing. Journal of Nursing Education, 50(8), 283-286.

Cross, S., Block, D., Josten, L., Reckinger, D., Olson Keller, L., Strohschein, S., Ripke, M. (2006). Measuring population-based competencies for public health nurses. Public Health Nursing, 23(2), 108-114.

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