Carolyn M. Porta, PhD, MPH, RN SANE-A, FAAN, FNAP

Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs, Office of Academic Clinical Affairs
Carolyn M. Porta


Office Phone
Fax Number
Office Address

School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
5-140 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Administrative Assistant

Shannon Sawyer


Professor, Population Health and Systems Cooperative, School of Nursing
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health


PhD, Nursing, University of Minnesota, 2004

MS, Environmental/Occup. Health, University of Minnesota, 2000

MPH, Maternal/Child Health, University of Minnesota, 1997

MS, Public Health Nursing, University of Minnesota, 1997

BS, Nursing, University of Minnesota, 1994

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Carolyn Porta is the Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs for the University of Minnesota. She is a Professor in the School of Nursing, and an adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and the Center for Spirituality and Healing. Dr. Porta is a forensic clinician and prevention scientist committed to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities in Minnesota and around the globe. She has decades of experience in clinical service, team science, and interprofessional education, including strategic and operational leadership of large-scale multisectoral global initiatives ($100M+ USD) addressing emerging infectious disease threats, gender-based violence, stigma, and faculty and healthcare workforce development.

Professional Associations

University of Minnesota Memberships:

  • Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility
  • International Program Council, GPS Alliance
  • Advisory Council, President’s Initiative to Address Sexual Misconduct

School of Nursing Center Memberships:

  • Center for Child and Family Health Promotion Research
  • Center for Adolescent Nursing

Professional Associations:

  • International Association of Forensic Nursing
  • The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST


Research Summary/Interests

  • Global health and workforce development
  • Sexual violence prevention
  • Health promotion among vulnerable populations

Statement of Advising Philosophy and Expectations for PhD Students

Statement of Advising Philosophy

Research Methods/Techniques

Implementation science & intervention testing; Mixed methods; Community-partnered; m-Health, including wearables, mapping, and real-time ecological assessments


Academic Interests and Focus

• Global Higher Education Workforce Development • Interprofessional Education

Teaching Areas

  • Nursing
  • Public Health


  • PUBH 7200-101 Sexual Violence in the #MeToo era: Prevention, Practice, and Policy
  • PUBH 7230 Topics in Infectious Disease: Emerging and Re-Emerging Global Infectious Disease
  • NURS 8195 Mixed Methods in the Social, Behavioral, and Applied Health Sciences
  • NURS 7300 Program Evaluation
  • PUBH 7200 Apps, Maps & Google: Using Technology Based Tools to Advance Public Health Research and Practice
  • PUBH 7252-101 Qualitative Data Methods
  • PUBH 7257-101 Qualitative Data Analysis: Strategically Eliciting the Meanings in Qualitative Data to Inform, Advocate, Intervene and Evaluate


Clinical Interests

Forensic Nursing: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner