Janet Engstrom, PhD
Adjunct Professor

Evans Center, room #350

Jan Engstrom Education

  • PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MS, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BSN, DePaul University
  • Diploma, Evangelical School of Nursing

Areas of Expertise

Women's Health, Breastfeeding, Human Milk, Lactation


In addition to teaching the Epidemiology and Biostatistics pre-requisite course for our graduate programs, Dr. Engstrom is a professor in the Department of Women, Children and Family Nursing. She is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and a Women's Healthcare Nurse Practitioner, and has worked in the area of women's health and maternal-newborn nursing for over 40 years. Her clinical experience includes providing prenatal care, postnatal care, and family planning services, as well as gynecological, reproductive endocrinology, and infertility services. She is also a human milk and lactation researcher.

She has published over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals. She has also written several book chapters, and is an editor of the award winning book, Prenatal and Postnatal Care: A Woman Centered Approach. Dr. Engstrom has taught nurses, nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners for over 35 years and won numerous awards for her teaching. Her teaching has focused on reproductive physiology, fertility control, prenatal and postnatal care, and common reproductive health problems, as well as research methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics.

She is also interested in the work of the nursing pioneers who used data to document the outcomes of nursing care.

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Education Award, Rush University, 2016
  • Best Book of the Year Award, Prenatal and Postnatal Care: A Woman Centered Approach, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2015
  • Distinguished Service Award, American College of Nurse-Midwives, 2013
  • Distinguished Nurse Alumna, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, 2012
  • Jonas Salk Health Leadership Award for Nursing, Chicago Area March of Dimes Foundation, 2007
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