Dr. Peggy L. Ranke

School of Health and Human Services
Community Health

Peggy earned her Doctor of Health Administration (DHA) degree at Central Michigan University with a concentration in Leadership. During her doctoral program, she researched nursing shortages and collected primary data of recruitment practice using tools such as the best-foot-forward and the realistic-job preview approaches. She earned a Master degree in Public Health (MPH) from San Diego State University with a concentration in Administration, Management, and Policy. During her master degree program, Peggy developed a best-practice protocol for Palomar Hospital to serve as a standard operating procedure for physicians after a sentinel or negative outcome event and was awarded the Bugbee Falk Book Award from the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Peggy received her Bachelor degree from San Diego State University in Psychology and participated in clinical trials.

Peggy has a diverse background with over 15 years of nursing experience and has worked in various health organizations including the University of Utah Medical Center. As a nurse, she served in the United States Army and is a veteran of war.

Peggy is fulltime faculty in the School of Health and Human Services at National University and serves in the capacity of program director for the Bachelor of Science Healthcare Administration program (BSHCA). Peggy serves on the Faculty Senate, the Undergraduate Council, and the Research Council. She chairs multiple committees (Professional Development and Culture, Academic Planning, and the Professional Development Series). In addition to chairing the Professional Development and Culture committee, she chaired a sub-committee that developed, in collaboration with Planetree, the novel International Person-Centered Care Professional (PCCP) individual Planetree certification. Peggy was one of the first two recipients worldwide to receive the PCCP certification from Planetree. The Professional Development and Culture committee was instrumental to National University being the first university, ever, to be awarded a Planetree designation. Peggy also serves on the Viability Study, Grades Appeal, Scholarship Assembly, Research Council Blackboard, and Center of Excellence committees. She is a recipient of National Universities Innovative Grant for two consecutive years. and awards from the dean, faculty and staff. Peggy is a certified Health Educator Specialist (CHES), loves to teach, extends personal mentorship to students, and facilitates individual completion of internship courses.

Additionally, Peggy serves as a board member for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) local chapter, the San Diego Organization of Healthcare Leaders (SOHL) and has served as chair on multiple committees. She currently serves as the chair for the Graduate Council Liaison and represents National University, San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego and chairs the SOHL’s ACHE College Bowl.

Peggy enjoys community service and has volunteered as an American Redcross instructor for courses such as First Aid, Automated External Defibrillator, and CPR and in the bio department blood bank. Under the guidance of Family Services, she chaired a Women’s Addiction Recovery Program in San Diego for over 7 years. Peggy loves people and enjoys membership in the Latter-Day Saints Relief Society program where she currently serves as a compassionate leader and visit teacher.

Contact Details

School of Health and Human Services
(858) 309-3451