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Beth Desaretz Chiatti


Associate Clinical Professor

Undergraduate Nursing

267.359.5649 P
267.359.5724 F
Three Parkway, Room 985

Beth Desaretz Chiatti, PhD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. She earned her PhD at Widener University where her dissertation was Culture Care Beliefs and Practices of an Ethiopian Immigrant Community: An Ethnonursing Study. Chiatti holds an MSN from Immaculata University where her culminating research project was Tuberculosis Prevention and Control Guidelines for Homeless Service Agencies and Shelters, and a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.


Chiatti, a Certified Transcultural Nurse and a Certified School Nurse, has extensive experience in the health care industry, having worked as a registered nurse in maternal-child and pediatric settings, school health, nurse case manager, medical-legal consultant, genetic counselor, and educator at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has taught courses in Critical Issues Shaping Professional Nursing, Pediatric Nursing, Women’s Health, Genetics, Leadership, School Health, World Health Issues, Anthropology and Health, Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations, Epidemiology and Public Health, and Nursing Education.

Research Interests:

Chiatti's research interests include genetics, transcultural nursing, immigrant health, human rights, and global health. She has published and given numerous presentations on culturally competent health care, instructor-student relationships, and cultural end-of-life issues. 

Academic Distinctions:

Chiatti’s dissertation research received the Research Award from the Transcultural Nursing Society, the Nurses Educational Fund NEF Scholarship, the Independence Blue Cross Nurses for Tomorrow Graduate Scholarship, and the Eta Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Research Grant. She also received the Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, Dragon Award for Outstanding Teaching Evaluations.

Professional Society:

Chiatti is a member of the American Anthropological Association, American Nurses Association, International Society of Nurses in Genetics, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and Transcultural Nursing Society.