University of Southern Indiana

Swateja Nimkar

Swateja Nimkar

Associate Professor of Health Services
Health Services Program

Associate Professor of Health Services
Graduate Health Administration

Health Professions Center - 3009

Accepts Office Hours by Appointment

Dr. Swateja Nimkar, associate professor of health services, teaches in the undergraduate program of Health Services and graduate program of Health Administration. In an era favorable for interdisciplinary careers, she has an inter-professional educational background in pharmacy, public health, and wellness. Dr. Nimkar's research focuses on chronic disease management in older adults as well as the use of e-health and mHealth technology in healthcare systems. She has published several peer-reviewed articles and presentation abstracts at the regional, national, and international levels, some of which are listed below. She is also the honored recipient of the CNHP Excellence in Teaching Award (2016), and a selected finalist of the Erickson Foundation Research (National) Award (2019). In addition to her teaching and research activities at USI, Dr. Nimkar's involvement in the Community Health Needs Assessment for Vanderburgh county and surrounding areas has allowed her to better understand the health needs of the local population. 


Courses taught by Dr. Nimkar

PH 284 (Public Health)

HP 302 (Biostatistics) 

HP 305 (Structure and Theory in HPWW) 

MHA 622 (Biostatistics)  

HP 225 (Pharmacology and Therapeutics) 

HP 377 (Foundations for Health Promotion)

HP 490 (Special Topics)

HP 499 (Independent Study)

MHA Capstone


Research Areas

Chronic Disease Management

mHealth and eHealth Technology in Healthcare


Select Publications 

Ehlman, M. C., Nimkar, S., Nolan, B. A. D., Thomas, P., & Caballero, C. E. (2018). Health workers’ knowledge and perceptions on dementia in skilled nursing homes: A pilot implementation of Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach® to Care certification course. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions, 38(3), 190-197.

Nimkar, S., & Gilles, E. (2018). Improving global health with smartphone technology: A decade in review of mhealth initiatives. International Journal of E-Health and Medical Communications, 9(3), 1-19.

Gilles, E., & Nimkar, S. (2018). Exploring Sana: A Global mHealth Initiative. In A. Laskin (Ed.), Social, Mobile, and Emerging Media. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books. 

Kadam, M., Sinha, A., Nimkar, S., Matcheswalla, Y., De Sousa, A. (2017). A comparative study of factors associated with relapse in alcohol dependence and opioid dependence. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 39, 627-33.

Nimkar, S. (2016). Promoting individual health using information technology: Trends in the US health system. Health Education Journal, 75(6), 744-752.

Nimkar. S. (2016, September). Medication compliance in patients with mental health problems. [Guest Editorial]. Indian Journal of Mental Health, 237-239.

Nagabhirava, G., Umate, M., Nimkar, S., Goel, A., & Desousa, A. (2016). Depression and anxiety as comorbid disorders in patients with Type II diabetes. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 6(3), 544-548.


Select Presentations 

Nimkar, S., Ehlman, M. C., Thomas, P., Nolan, B. A. D., Bacic, D., & Snow, T. (2019, November). Assessing changes in nursing home staff’s initial approach to engage PLwD after participating in an innovative dementia training program: A pilot study. Roundtable presentation at the annual meeting of American Public Health Association (APHA), Philadelphia, PA.

Nimkar, S., Ramos, E., & Borowiecki, C. (2019, January). Shaping a collaborative model of food services and public health: A multipronged approach using inter-professional education. Podium presentation at the 2019 Teaching and Learning Symposium, Evansville, IN.  

Gilles, E., & Nimkar, S. (2018, September). Using smartphone apps to enhance global health communication. Podium presentation at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Communication Association. Prestonsburg, KY.

Nimkar, S., & Gilles, E. (2017, October). Smartphone mhealth technology: A tool to reduce global health disparities. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH), Baltimore, MD.

Ramos, E., & Nimkar, S. (2017, March). Using Standardized Tools to Evaluate Interprofessional Education Related to HACCP Food Safety and Public Health. Podium presentation at the biennial meeting of Foodservice Systems Management Education Council, Las Vegas, NV.

Ellis-Griffith, G., Kaur, S. J., Duncan, D. F., Nicholson, T., & Nimkar, S. (2017, November). Drug abuse and healthcare administration. Poster presentation at the 19th annual meeting of Kentucky Rural Health Association, Bowling Green, KY.

Nimkar, S., Nicholson, T., Duncan, D., White, J., & Nagy, M. C. (2006, November). Behavioral patterns of marijuana users compared to multiple drug users. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of American Public Health Association (APHA), Boston, MA.

Nimkar, S., & Litney, T. (2016, October). Assessing technology use for promoting health among the homeless population. Poster presentation at the annual meeting of American Public Health Association (APHA), Denver, CO.      

Reynolds, E., Elkins, E., Nimkar, S., Mustata-Wilson, G., Patterson, K., & Poole, B. (2017, March). Planting the seeds: Growing high school wellness through academic-community partnerships. Poster presented at the 28th Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference, San Diego, CA.

Litney, T., Nimkar, S., Yan, G., & Bacic, D. (2016, October). Bridging educational gaps across academic settings to inspire innovative teaching and learning between health professions, business, and arts. Podium presentation at the Annual Nursing and Health Professions Educator Conference, Evansville, IN.


Other Key Projects and Professional Activity

Faculty Advisor, American College of Health Care Administrators - USI Student Chapter.

Abstract Reviewer, American Public Health Association

Community Health Needs Assessment Consortium, Vanderburgh County and surrounding areas

Featured Speaker, Healthy Eating and Chronic Diseases, Senior Citizens Meet, India

Faculty Mentor for student projects (regional as well as international) in areas including but not limited to food safety, obesity and mental health, tobacco cessation, dementia, inter-professional education, and IT in healthcare.



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