Diana M. Luan, Ph.D.

Diana M. Luan, Ph.D.

Diana Luan

Name: Diana M. Luan, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.S.

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Title: Assistant Professor

Email: diana.luan@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 801-0713

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Currently Dr. Luan is Education Director for the Medical Stability Operations Curriculum Development Program at the Center for Disaster & Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM). As Education Director she manages curriculum development related to global public health, humanitarian assistance and disaster response programs, and medical support to stability operations. Based on educational and adult learning theory she translates educational needs into clear, concise presentation of course material appropriate to the level of audience, shaping programmatic requirements and orchestrating the development of the competencies appropriate for U.S. Military, United States Governmental (USG) interagency partners, and host nation partners worldwide.

At the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Division of Global Health she developed and coordinated the competency-based education and training requirements for a global health degree program. The degree programs are designed to provide leaders with the capabilities to manage and direct the whole of government response to global health and issues associated with Stability Operations and Stability, Security, Transition and Reconstruction, as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

Prior to joining USUHS, she was engaged in improving the safety and quality of care delivered within the DoD Military Health System and the Veterans Administration. She was directly responsible for the development of training courses and coaching improvement teams in multiple departments and in multiple healthcare facilities. She has responsible for the piloting of the "Clinical Microsystem Framework" in multiple DoD facilities, and facilitated teams in the improvement of care processes and health outcomes. Currently she is engaged in application of a systems approach for the development and evaluation of global health issues. Her professional interests include: community level engagements for vulnerable populations, focused on disaster risk reduction, prevention and resiliency; the use of systems theory for community evaluation: and increasing evidence-based healthcare interventions.

Dr. Luan earned her B.A. in Biology from The University of California, Santa Barbara in 1977, a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Southern California in 1982, a M.P.A from the University of Southern California in Health Policy and Intergovernmental Management in 1985. After several years of working Dr. Luan returned to health care as a registered nurse in 1996 and obtained a M.S. in the Evaluative Clinical Sciences from Dartmouth in 1998 and a PhD in 2006. Her dissertation study examined the association of a shared mental model of infection on the process of care and the nosocomial infection rates in neonatal intensive care units.


Public Health - Community level engagements for vulnerable populations, focused on disaster risk reduction, prevention and resiliency. Health Systems - systems approach to health sector strengthening.


  • VA Patient Safety Collaboratives
    • Medication Bar Coding
    • Medication administration
    • Benefits processing
    • OR Communications
  • Patient Safety Managers Training Course
  • Clinical Mircosystem Framework for Process Improvement
  • Systems Thinking and Microsystems, Graduate School of Nursing
  • Integrating Healthcare Delivery: Clinical Microsystem Approach
    DOD National Capital Area Perioperative Nursing Departments, Bethesda, MD
    30-31 March 2011
  • PMO 533 Decision Making in Health Services
  • Medical Stability Operations Course
    • Indianapolis - 27-29 October 2011 (Afghan Provincial Reconstruction Team Training)
    • Kansas City - 26-28 March 2012
    • San Antonio - 10-12 July 1012
    • San Diego - 11-13 September 2012
    • San Antonio - 28 February-1March 2013
  • Global Health Strategies for Stability
    6-30 August 2012
  • Medical Embedded Training Teams (Afghanistan)
    • 17 April 2013

Areas of Expertise

  • Systems thinking and systems theory, development of education and training programs

Professional Activities

  • California Nursing Association, Member, 1996 - present
  • American Society for Quality, Member, 2000 - present
  • Academy Health, 2000 - present
  • Association of Public Administrators, Member, 1985 - 2000