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

116 4400 - 4th Avenue, Regina


Marie is an Assistant Professor with the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. She is an RN with a PhD in Community Health and Epidemiology. Prior to teaching, Marie worked as a public health nurse for over twenty-five years in rural Saskatchewan. Her professional practice and research interests include public health nursing education and practice, early childhood, vulnerable populations, healthy public policy and knowledge translation. Her research explores the perspectives of program and policy recipients to facilitate a bottom-up policy development approach that informs policies at organizational and public policy levels. Marie is currently serving on the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Public Health Task Force and on the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) Standards and Competence Standing Committee. Marie participated in the development of CASN's Guidelines for Quality Community Health Nursing Clinical Placements for baccalaureate nursing students as a member of CASN's Sub-Committee on Public Health. She was previously a member of the Public Health Agency of Canada's Immunization Education Working Group and the CHNC Professional Practice Model Expert Group.

Research Interests

  • Public health nursing education and practice
  • Early childhood
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Healthy public policy
  • Knowledge translation


  • Qualitative policy research


Kent-Wilkinson, A., Dietrich Leurer, M., Luimes, J., Ferguson, L., & Murray, L. (2015). Studying abroad: exploring factors influencing nursing students' decisions to apply for clinical placements in international settings. Nurse Education Today.

Dietrich Leurer, M., & Misskey, E. (2015). "Be positive as well as realistic": a qualitative description analysis of information gaps experienced by breastfeeding mothers. International Breastfeeding Journal, 10(10).

Dietrich Leurer, M. (2013). Lessons in media advocacy: A look back at Saskatchewan's nursing education debate. Policy, Politics, & Nursing Practice, 14(2), 86-96.

Dietrich Leurer, M., Abonyi, S., & Smadu, M. (2013, April). A syndemic perspective of negative childhood outcomes: Parenting in a 'perfect storm' of disadvantaged conditions. Journal of Poverty, 17(2), 198-216.


Dietrich Leurer M (Principal Investigator), Campbell T (Co-investigator), Cote-Soop H (Co-investigator), Desautels C (Co-investigator), Petrucka P (Co-investigator), Boone M (Collaborator). College of Nursing - Street Culture Kidz Youth Engagement Project, College of Nursing students will provide interactive educational/recreational sessions for marginalized youth at Street Culture Project in Regina. University of Saskatchewan Support for Community-Engaged Experiential Learning Program. Total: $3,000.00 for 2014-09 to 2015-12

Petrucka P (Principal Investigator), Arries E (Co-investigator), Bassendowski S (Co-investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-investigator), Smadu M (Co-investigator), Jeffrey B (Co-investigator), Martz D (Co-investigator), White G (Co-investigator), Elabor-Idemudia P (Co-investigator), de Boer D (Co-investigator), Danilkewich A (Co-investigator). Mama Kwanza (Mother First) Socio-economic and Health Initiative, Canadian International Development Agency in partnership with Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region, SaskTel, U of S and Coutts Courier). Total: $3,600,000.00 for 2013-01 to 2016-06

Petrucka P (Principal Investigator), Bassendowski S (Co-principal Investigator), Dietrich Leurer M (Co-principal Investigator). Mama Kwanza (Women First) Health Cooperative Initiative, Global Partners II: University of Saskatchewan Small-Grant Program of Research Exchanges University of Saskatchewan. Total: $8,000.00 for 2011 to 2012

Dietrich Leurer M (Principal Investigator), Misskey E (Co-investigator). Improving Health Outcomes: Tapping Mothers' Infant Feeding Experiences and Recommendations, College of Nursing Grant in Support of Nutrition and Dietetic Research University of Saskatchewan. Total: $9,000.00 for 2011 to 2013