Lynn Unruh, Ph.D., RN, LHRM


Global Health Management and Informatics

Office: DPAC Suite 401

Phone: 407-823-4237


Professional Summary

Lynn Unruh, Ph.D. is a Professor in the School of Global Health Management and Informatics. Dr. Unruh has published extensively in health management and policy areas such as: nurse staffing and quality in hospitals and nursing homes; the nursing workforce; the work environment in hospitals and nursing homes; the organizational responses of hospitals and nursing homes to reimbursement, regulatory, and market forces; and health insurance issues. She has also written two editions of a health economics textbooks and two books on the U.S. healthcare system. She has been at UCF for 21 years. Prior to working at UCF, she was a hospital and home care nurse for 27 years. Dr. Unruh received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Illinois and her doctorate in economics from the University of Notre Dame.

Office Hours

Wednesday: 12 pm – 1 pm | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Friday: 10 am – 1 pm

Recent Honors and Awards

2021  Awarded Emeritus status: to begin May 2022

2020  Ranked in top 2% of nursing researchers globally, Mendeley data: DOI

2020  Nursing Outlook 2020 Excellence in Nursing Policy Award

2019  Research Incentive Award from University of Central Florida

Recent Publications

Unruh, L. et al.  (in press) A comparison of 2020 health policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Health Policy, DOI

Alexander, M. Unruh, L., Koval, (2021). A. U.S. response to Coronavirus Pandemic, January –November 2020. Health Economics, Policy and Law, First View March 5, 2021. DOI

Lamanna, J., Unruh, L. & Chisholm, L. Pericles, P., Fotovvat, H. (2020). Perceptions of health and well-being among older adult caregivers: Comparisons between current, former, and never caregivers. Geriatric Nursing, 41(4), 429-435.

Raffenaud, A., Unruh, L., Liu, A.X., Andrews, D., Fottler, M. (2019). Work and family conflict: A comparative analysis of staff nurses, nurse managers, and nurse executives. Nursing Outlook, 68 (2), 231-241.

Professional Organizations

  • AcademyHealth
  • American Public Health Association
  • Health Systems and Policy Monitor Network (sponsored by WHO).
  • International Health Economics Association
  • Physicians for a National Health Program
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
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