Christina Bivona-Tellez, DNP, MPH, BSN, NEA-B


Assistant Professor

Phone: (951) 312-2915

Email: [email protected]

Office Location: West Campus, Room #338

Video Introduction

Christina Bivona-Tellez's experience spans areas such as education, advocacy and government relations from clinical care operations, corporate health product marketing, and health science centers to community-based healthcare systems. She teaches courses in leadership and management in healthcare settings, informatics, health policy, and bioethics. She has served as the program manager for a HRSA Grant. She now serves to provide clinical experiences for fourth semester nursing students in Primary Care. As the chair of the Policy and Trends in Education and Healthcare Committee for the School of Nursing, she participates in providing a newsletter covering key issues and cutting-edge developments in healthcare and education. She serves on the Association of California Nurse Leaders Policy Committee. Prior to joining APU, her work experience includes leading a health and human services marketing and business development unit of large global software development company based in California. She spent five years with the Hospital Association of Southern California as a regional Vice President government relationships and advocacy, and 17 years as the Nurse Executive for an Academic Teaching Hospital with innovative programs both inpatient and outpatient.


  • BSN, Alfred University, Alfred, NY Nursing
  • MPH in Maternal Child Health from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill-- International Cross Cultural Health, Community Development
  • MPH in Public Health Nursing Administration from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: Non-Formal Education, Program Development
  • Executive Leadership DNP from University of San Francisco


  • RN, NEA-BC (nurse executive advanced, board certified)

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing


  • Leadership
  • Population Health
  • Marketing
  • Government Relations/Policy
  • Business Intelligence and Data Analysis
  • Advocacy

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 504 – Bioethics and Healthcare Policy
  • GNRS 569 – Quality and Safety for Health Care Practice
  • GNRS 586 – Leadership and Management in Professional Practice
  • GNRS 596 – Foundations of Healthcare Informatics
  • RNRS 448 – Leadership in Health Care Settings