Hiba Wehbe-Alamah, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CTN-A, FAAN

Interim Director of Graduate Nursing Affairs, Professor of Nursing, and Michigan Distinguished Professor

Dr. Wehbe-Alamah joined the University of Michigan-Flint in January 2006 and is currently a Professor at the School of Nursing. She earned her PhD in Nursing and Post Master’s in Transcultural Nursing from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner Track) and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan. She holds a certification as a Transcultural Nurse-Advanced. In 2019, she completed two Leadership Fellowships at Yale University School of Management and Harvard Graduate School of Education.

A member of the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS), National American Arab Nurses Association (NAANA), National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF), Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners (MICNP), American Nurses Association (ANA), Michigan Nurses Association (MNA), American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), and a career-long member of Sigma Theta tau International, Dr. Wehbe-Alamah is nationally and internationally known for her contributions to Transcultural Nursing and Health Care.

She has presented, guest-lectured, and/or published in the United States, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She is co-author of the third edition of Culture Care Diversity and Universality: A Worldwide Nursing Theory and the fourth edition of Transcultural Nursing: Concepts, Theories, Research, & Practice.

She was recognized by the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS) as a Transcultural Nursing Scholar in 2011 and is the recipient of numerous awards including the University of Michigan-Flint’s Scholarly or Creative Achievement Award (2017), Teaching of Excellence Award (2016), and Provost Innovative Teaching Prize (2015); the TCNS Leininger’s Award (2015); the NAANA Angel of Mercy Award (2014); and NONPF Best Poster Award (2017 & 2014) and MICNP (2018). In 2018, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and recognized as Arab American of the year by the Arab American Heritage Council. In 2019, she was recognized as Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Michigan Association of State Universities.



Dr. Wehbe-Alamah teaches Transcultural Health Care at the undergraduate level, as well as Women’s Health and Advanced Transcultural Health Care in the Master’s and Doctoral (DNP) programs. She conducts and chairs qualitative research and translational research projects with graduate nursing students, and advises students enrolled in undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral programs. Her clinical practice centers on women’s health and the underinsured at a local Department of Public Health.



Dr. Wehbe-Alamah’s scholarly and research interests include obesity, women’s health, mental health, primary care, creative teaching methodologies, computer simulation games, technology use in the academic setting, African American and Middle Eastern health and wellbeing, health disparities, cultural healers and generic/folk beliefs and practices, and cultural competence for diverse healthcare providers, nursing students, practicing nurses, and nursing faculty.



Dr. Wehbe-Alamah served on the School of Nursing Executive Committee, Governing Faculty Committee, Graduate Nursing Program Committee, and Graduate Curriculum Committee. Her University service included chairing the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and Faculty Grievance Committee, and serving on numerous committees including Faculty Council, Faculty Mentoring program, Campus Climate Study, Women’s Commission, and Chancellor’s Advisory Budget and Strategic Planning, among others. In the community, Dr. Wehbe-Alamah volunteers her services as a Nurse Practitioner at a local public health department.