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Marie Dietrich Leurer RN, BSN, MBA, PhD Assistant Professor

116 4400 - 4th Avenue, Regina


Marie’s research and professional practice is focused on public health nursing education and practice, infant nutrition/lactation, vulnerable populations, and healthy public policy. Her research uses qualitative methods to explore the perspectives of program recipients to inform policy at multiple levels. Marie is currently a member of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing’s (CASN) Community Health Education Interest Group and recently served on CASN’s Climate Driven Infectious Disease Committee. She participated in the development of both CASN’s Entry-to-Practice Public Health Nursing Competencies for Undergraduate Nursing Education and Guidelines for Quality Community Health Nursing Clinical Placements for baccalaureate nursing students. Marie was previously a member of the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) working group that drafted the 2019 Revised Canadian Community Health Nursing Standards of Practice, the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Immunization Education Working Group, the board of the Saskatchewan Public Health Association, the CHNC board, the CHNC Standards and Competencies Standing Committee, and the CHNC Professional Practice Model (2011) Expert Group.

Research Interests

  • Public health nursing education and practice
  • Infant nutrition/lactation
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Healthy public policy
  • Analysis of historic public health policy advocacy


  • Applied qualitative research


Recent Publications:

Bigalky, J., Dietrich Leurer, M., McCabe, J., Mackey, A., Laczko, D., & Deobald, V. (2021). Advice from Canadian mothers who express human milk: An interpretive description qualitative study. Maternal and Child Health Journal, Published online October 5, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10995-021-03237-w

Belita, E., Schofield, R., Genevieve, C., Dietrich Leurer, M., Dosani., A., Cusack, C., Danaher, A., Dilworth, K., Etowa, J., Filion, F., Joseph, C., Lukewich, J., MacDonald, J., & Reid-Haughian, C. (2021). Advancing excellence in community health nursing through evidence-based national standards of practice. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 52(4), 168-175.

Vandenberg, H., Martin, W., Dietrich Leurer, M., & Ens, A. (2021). The history of Saskatchewan’s Public Health Association policy initiatives, 1954-86: A regional comparison for preventative health policy work in Canada. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 38(1), e454062020

Dietrich Leurer, M., Kent-Wilkinson, A., Luimes, J., Murray, L., Squires, V., Ferguson, L, & Dell, C., (2020). Reflections on study abroad: Insights from registered nurses. Quality Advancement in Nursing Education, 6(1), Article 3. https://doi.org/10.17483/2368-6669.1225.

Dietrich Leurer, M., McCabe, J., Bigalky, J., Mackey, A., Laczko, D., & Deobald, V. (2020). "We just kind of had to figure it out": A qualitative exploration of the information needs of mothers who express human milk. Journal of Human Lactation, 36(2): 273-282. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890334419883203.

Dietrich Leurer, M., Petrucka, P., & Msafiri, M. (2019). Maternal perceptions of breastfeeding and infant nutrition among a select group of Maasai women. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 19(8). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-2165-7.

Dietrich Leurer, M., & Petrucka, P. (2018). Perspectives on issues, challenges, and preferred futures for maternal, newborn, and child health in Arusha and Ngorongoro, Tanzania. Community Development, 49(2), 231-246. https://doi.org/10.1080/15575330.2018.1434553.

Schofield, R., Chircop, A., Baker, C., Dietrich Leurer, M., Duncan, S., & Wotton, D. (2018). Entry-to-practice public health nursing competencies: A Delphi method and knowledge translation strategy. Nurse Education Today, 65, 102-107. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2018.03.001.

Campbell, T. D., Penz, K., Dietrich Leurer, M., Juckes, K., & Rodger, K. (2018). Ways of knowing as a framework for developing reflective practice among nursing students. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 15(1), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1515/ijnes-2017-0043.

Dietrich Leurer, M., & Misskey, E. (2017). Mothers' Recommendations for Improving Breastfeeding Support in Health Care Settings. In P. Hall Smith, M. Labbok, & B. Chambers. (Eds.), Breastfeeding, Social Justice, and Equity (pp. 117-124). Amarillo, TX: Praeclarus Press, LLC.


Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

Campbell, T., (PI), Salm, T., (Co-PI), Rodger, K., Penz, K., Dietrich Leurer M., Juckes, K., Bigalky. J., & Lasiuk, G. BSN nursing students’ perceptions of distributed synchronous learning at the Yorkton and Regina, SK campuses, Phase 2. Provost's Funding for Innovative Teaching and Learning in partnership with the Society of Teaching and Learning, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $10,000.00 for 2019-02 to 2020-06.

Dietrich Leurer M (Principal Investigator), McCabe J (Co-principal Investigator), Bigalky J (Co-principal Investigator), Mackey A (Co-investigator). Lactation Expression: Mothers' Experiences, Information Needs and Recommendations, Jim Pattison Children's Hospital Foundation. Total: $19,265.00 for 2017-05 to 2019-03.

Jansen S (Principal Investigator), Bassendowski S (Co­principal Investigator), Campbell T (Co-investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-investigator), Malloy P (Co-investigator), Penz K (Co-investigator), Vandenberg H (Co-investigator), Rodger K (Co-investigator), Petrucka P (Co-investigator), Juckes K (Co-investigator), Bigalky J (Co-investigator), Lasiuk G (Co-investigator). BSN Nursing Students Perceptions of Distributed Synchronous Learning at the Yorkton and Regina, SK Campuses, The Provost's Project Grant for Innovative Practice in Collaborative Teaching and Learning University of Saskatchewan. Total: $10,000.00 for 2017-03 to 2019-03.

Kent-Wilkinson A (Principal Investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-principal Investigator), Ferguson L (Co-investigator), Luimes J (Co-investigator), Murray BL (Co-investigator), Squires V (Co-investigator). Study abroad in undergraduate nursing education: Perceived impact on RN nursing practice, Grant Successful. Western and North-Western Region Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (WNRCASN). Total: $5,000.00 for 2016-02-05 to 2017-02-05.

Grants, Awarded (Non-Peer-Reviewed)

Dietrich Leurer, M. (Principal Investigator) & Vandenberg, H. (August 2019 - June 2022). Exploring the History of Water Fluoridation in Regina and Saskatoon, 1950 to 2000. Reduced Appointment Retirement Plan Research Support, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $7000.00 for 2019-08 to 2022-06.

Mackey, A. (Principal Applicant) & Dietrich Leurer, M. (Co-Applicant). Healthy Workshop Series. Community Initiatives Fund. Total $2000.00 for 2020-01 to 2021-04.

Dietrich Leurer, M. (Principal Investigator) & Vandenberg, H. (Co-Investigator) Exploring the History of Water Fluoridation in Regina and Saskatoon, 1950 to 2000. Reduced Appointment Retirement Plan Research Support, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $3500.00for 2019-08 to 2020-06.

Lasiuk G (Principal Investigator), Aitkin H (Co-investigator), Campbell T (Co-investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-investigator), Malloy P (Co-investigator). Homelessness, Women, & Health: A Proposal to Study the Health and Health Care Needs of Homeless Women Served by the Regina YWCA, Assessment of the health and health needs of homeless women and children associated with the Regina YWCA housing programs Faculty Recruitment and Retention Program, College of Nursing and the University of Saskatchewan. Total: $59,050.00 for 2017-10-16 to 2019-10-14.