Moonju Lee, Ph.D., MSN, RN, is Assistant Professor at UT Health School of Nursing. She had 17 years of clinical experiences in Hematoncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, and Neonatal Intensive Care Units and with years of research and teaching in community and public health nursing.
Dr. Lee?s research interests lie in the areas of health disparities, social determinants of health, cancer prevention, inequity and inequality in healthcare service utilization, and community engagement and capacity building among the underserved minority populations, mainly Korean immigrants, Hispanics, and refugees. She is using the Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) and Patient-Centered Outcome Research (PCOR) models in her research and teaching. Dr. Lee?s studies were Colorectal Cancer Screening (CRC) Behaviors among Korean Americans to identify barriers and facilitators for CRC screenings. She conducted a mixed method study to identify in-depth knowledge of barriers and facilitators for cancer screening behaviors and health service utilization among this population. With the findings of studies, she is currently conducting the academic ? community partnership project to improve health literacy and reduce health disparities and inequities by community capacity building and engagement in the linguistically and socially isolated underserved populations.
Since she appointed as Assistant Professor of UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing in 2015, she has taught the Population-focused Health clinical application course in the undergraduate program (traditional and accelerated BSN). With two community organizations, she is working for underserved populations, mainly Hispanics and refugees. She taught Health Assessment clinical application in the undergraduate program in 2017 and 2018. Her teaching philosophy reflects interests in collaborative authorship and simulation pedagogy. She encourages students to build their own nursing philosophy, pursue further education, and to aspire for a career as a nurse leader to contribute to the nursing profession in local, national, and global communities.
Dr. Lee received the Carol Linderman Award for a New Researcher from the Western Institute of Nursing in 2015 and Global Scholar Award from the University of Virginia, Center for Global Health in 2003. She has served as a committee member of International Program and Task Force of Mentoring Program at the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, and Community Outreach and Engagement Internal Advisory Committee at the UT Health San Antonio Mays Cancer Center. She has served as leadership at Caucus for Refugee and Immigrant Health of American Public Health Association and as the community advisory board member of the Korean American Association of San Antonio. She has been a member of the professional organizations: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Public Health Association, Council of Advancement of Nursing Science, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Nurses Association.