Catherine Heinlein, EdD, RD, MS, CDE, RN

Associate Professor

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5558
Office Location: Building One, #348
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Dr. Catherine Heinlein, EdD, RN, RDN, CDE, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California. Dr. Heinlein’s degrees in leadership, nursing, and nutrition, have allowed her the unique position to apply a holistic care approach to her patients and instruction to her students. She has been teaching at the college level for over 20 years.

Dr. Heinlein’s clinical practice areas include diabetes prevention and management to individuals and groups from pre-conception to older adulthood.

Dr. Heinlein serves as the Director for the Short-Term Study Abroad India program which offers a Service Learning course in Transcultural Healthcare to prepare students for their in-country experience to Kolkata, India. Since the peoples of India have taken over Dr. Heinlein’s heart, her passion is to better understand their plight from the non-communicable disease standpoint and offer longer-term assistance in empowering those who cannot afford primary prevention visits and diagnostics to manage their own lifestyle prevention and management goals.

Dr. Heinlein works as Associate Director of the School of Nursing’s Neighborhood Wellness Center providing both nursing and nutrition care and education to community members. She developed the school’s Minor in Nutrition which offers a variety of courses to include Life Cycle Nutrition, Cultural Aspects of Foods and Nutrition, and Complementary and Alternative Therapies: Herbs, Dietary Supplements, and Nutrition. Dr. Heinlein’s research interests are diabetes prevention and management, nutrition implications in obesity, and lifestyle approaches to disease prevention. Her doctoral research looked at the perceptions patients had on the education they received to prepare them for nutrition outcomes of a gastric bypass surgery for the treatment of obesity. Dr. Heinlein’s Fulbright project aims to establish a diabetes prevention program at a volunteer organization and community group setting utilizing nursing students in their Community Health Nursing rotation through a Service Learning course.


  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne 2007
  • M.S. Nutrition Science, University of Southern California, 1995
  • B.S. Foods and Nutrition, California State University, Los Angeles, 1987
  • B.S.N. Nursing, Azusa Pacific University, 2010

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing
    • Undergraduate Programs


  • Community Health
  • Diabetes
  • Global Health
  • Leadership
  • Maternal and Child Nutrition

Courses Taught

  • UNRS 105 – Foundations in Professional Nursing/Aging
  • UNRS 220L – Health Assessment Lab
  • UNRS 260 – Nutrition
  • UNRS 280 – Life Cycle Nutrition
  • UNRS 282 – Transcultural Healthcare: India
  • UNRS 300 – Complementary and Alternative Therapies: Herbs, Supplements, and Nutrition
  • UNRS 320 – Cultural Aspects Foods and Nutrition
  • GE 100 – First Year Seminar

Office Hours

Mondays 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Wednesdays 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Additional appointments are available by request. Please contact me to set up an appointment.

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