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Jane Nelson Bolin, BSN, JD, PhD

Department of Health Policy and Management

Director, Southwest Rural Health Research Center

Associate Dean of Research, College of Nursing


School of Public Health

College of Nursing


health policy, cancer, chronic diseases, rural health, health disparities
health ethics, cancer prevention, cancer detection, rural health disparities
Dr. Jane Bolin

About Jane Bolin

Jane Nelson Bolin, BSN, JD, PhD, is a professor at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, teaching health law and ethics and human resource management for graduate students. She also serves as director of the Texas A&M Southwest Rural Health Research Center (SRHRC). Dr. Bolin's research focus is diabetes and chronic diseases, cancer prevention and screening, rural health disparities and health law, regulation and ethics.

Dr. Bolin has led several projects, research and interventions for rural and underserved populations nationally and within Texas. She is currently principal investigator (PI) for SRHRC, which received a four year $2.8 million dollar grant as one of seven cooperative research center agreements funded nationally by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to research critical health issues facing rural populations.

Dr. Bolin is also the co-developer of the Diabetes Education Kiosk (Diosk), a low-literacy, touch screen computer module designed to encourage healthy behavior changes and self-management of health. She served as PI and co-PI on several Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grants studying cancer screenings for uninsured and low-income Texans and a Center for Disease Control Prevention Research Center grant to examine diabetes self-management.

Dr. Bolin received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University, Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Oregon in 1982 and a doctorate in health services research from Pennsylvania State University in 2002.

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