Kathryn G. Rapala, D.N.P., J.D., RN, CPPS

Kathryn Rapala
Kathryn G. Rapala, D.N.P., J.D., RN, CPPSMarquette University

Clark Hall, 361

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3170

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director, Health Systems Leadership Program and Telehealth Accelerator Grant

Highest Degree and Institution

D.N.P., Purdue University

J.D., Indiana University, Indianapolis

Courses Taught

NURS 4000:  Quality and Safety in Nursing

HEAL 6007:  Ethics, Policy and Health Care Advocacy

NURS 6009:  Health systems Leadership: Managing Populations and Access

HEAL 6825:  Quality and Patient Safety in Healthcare

HEAL 6830:  Quality Science in Healthcare

NURS 6854:  Professional Role Development

HEAL 6961:  Immersion

NURS 7996: Doctor of Nursing Practice Capstone

NURS 7997: Capstone 2

Research Interests

Dr. Rapala’s research interests are patient safety, health systems, quality, clinical risk and population health, and curriculum development. Subsets of these interests include the relationship of wellness programs to the prevention of patient care error, policy, social determinants of care, work complexity, health care economics, staffing, accreditation and regulatory issues, performance, professional certification, and malpractice. Areas of focus: Infusion pump informatics database; mortality database; certification and IHI activities; patient safety models.

Professional Affiliations

Institute for Health Care Improvement, Faculty

Certified Professional in Patient Safety, Committee Chair, Executive Oversight Committee

Symplr, Consultant


Certified Professional in Patient Safety


Link to Marquette University E-Publications - Rapala