Registration is now open for College of Nursing’s Urban Health Research Conference

Event features internationally recognized keynote speakers and a focus on big data and population health.

The Wayne State University College of Nursing will hold its annual Urban Health Research Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in the WSU Student Center Building. The theme of the 2023 conference is “Contemporary Issues in Urban Health: Using Big Data to Improve Population Health.”

Researchers, practitioners and scholars from all disciplines are invited to take part in an engaging examination of big data and its impact on population health through keynote presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions covering a wide range of topics. Attendees have a unique opportunity to explore how big data can be used to identify health needs and potential interventions to improve the health of populations.


Keynote speakers Jessica Castner, PhD, RN-BC, FAEN, FAAN, and Karen A. Monsen, PhD, RN, FAMIA, FNAP, FAAN, highlight this year’s conference, with presentations focusing on the big data ecosystem and nursing's worldview within big data in the context of population health management. Castner is the president and principal investigator/consultant of Castner Incorporated and an expert in emergency and environmental health. Monsen is professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and a globally recognized researcher and consultant.


Learn more about this year’s keynote speakers.

Topics and learner outcomes for the conference include:

  • Explore how clinicians can engage with big data to identify population health issues, management, and outcomes.
  • Discuss strategies for using social media data to identify evolving population health concerns.
  • Discuss the ethical implications of using big data for research.
  • Discover how secondary analysis of large, publicly available data sets can identify and quantify population-specific health problems.

To find complete conference information and register, visit Those unaffiliated with Wayne State University can register by March 1 and save $25 with the early bird discount code: urbanhealthearly. Special discounts are also available for WSU faculty, students and staff. For more information about discount codes and registration, contact

A continental breakfast, lunch and up to 5.5 contact hours are included with registration.

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