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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 in order to inform the development and delivery of policies and programs at multiple levels. Marie is currently on the Community Health Nurses of Canada (CHNC) Standards and Competencies Standing Committee, the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing’s (CASN) Climate Driven Infectious Disease Committee, and the CASN Community Health Education Interest Group. She participated in the development of both the 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 four person Delphi Survey 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, 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


  • Applied qualitative research


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).

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 Development49(2), 231-246.

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 Today65, 102-107. 
Comment: DOI 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.

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.

Dietrich Leurer, M., & Misskey, E. (2015). The psychosocial and emotional experience of breastfeeding: Reflections of mothers. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 2, 1-9. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2333393615611654
Comment: DOI: 10.1177/2333393615611654

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 Today35(8), 941-947. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S026069171500129X
Comment: DOI 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.03.012

Petrucka, P., Bassendowski, S., Dietrich Leurer, M., Spence Gress, C., Athuman, Z., & Buza, J. (2015). Maternal, newborn and child health needs, opportunities and preferred futures in Arusha and Ngorongoro: Hearing women's voices. BMC Research Notes8(1). https://bmcresnotes.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13104-015-1776-6
Comment: DOI 10.1186/s13104-015-1776-6

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).
Comment: DOI 10.1186/s13006-015-0036-7


Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

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.

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.

Grants, Awarded (Non-Peer-Reviewed)

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.

Dietrich Leurer M (Principal Investigator), Weiss M (Co-investigator), Pacik A (Co-investigator), Desautels C (Co-investigator), Campbell TD (Co-investigator), Petrucka P (Co-investigator). College of Nursing-Street Culture Youth Engagement Project, K + S Potash. Total: $21,000.00 for 2015-05 to 2018-06