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Crystal L. Patil, PhD


Department Head

Department of Human Development Nursing Science

Pronouns: She/her


Building & Room:

806 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone:



Dr. Patil has a PhD in anthropology from Ohio State University and her research focuses on how the social world becomes embodied and expressed as health, illness, or suffering. The motivation for her research stems from a concern for social justice.  As a global health researcher, she uses ecological and social determinants frameworks to make sense of complex health-related problems. She applies these models as she develops and tests strategies to reduce health disparities and strengthen health systems both in the USA and in sub-Saharan Africa. Equally important, her mentoring fosters productive careers of other researchers. Dr. Patil has several active research projects. The primary topics include:

  • Improving Maternal and Child Health Outcomes in the Global South
    • Group healthcare as a model to improve outcomes (antenatal, postnatal and well-child)
    • Reducing morbidity and mortality from postpartum hemorrhage through an integrated continuum of care model and by increasing health system accountability through the production of high quality birth outcome data.
  • Implementation Science
    • Community- and clinic-based implementation models to integrate evidence-based interventions/practice
  • Sickle Cell Disease
    • Group healthcare as a model for improving self-efficacy and quality of life
    • Group healthcare as a model for transitioning youth and emerging adults with sickle cell disease from pediatric to adult healthcare

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