Jean Bernhardt, PhD, MHSA, NHA NEA-BC, FNP-BC, CNP

Jean Bernhardt
Assistant Professor

Dr. Bernhardt is an Assistant Professor at the MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston where she teaches executive leadership and health care administration in the DNP program. She serves as Coordinator of the DNP for Nurse Executives cohort.

Dr. Bernhardt is a family nurse practitioner and nurse executive at the MGH Charlestown Healthcare Center in Boston, MA. Prior to this position, she served as the Chief Nurse and in multiple other administrative positions at the North End Community Health Center, Boston. 

Jean has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including work in rural health, clinical and classroom instruction and as a private consultant. In addition to her certification as a family nurse practitioner, Dr. Bernhardt is certified as a nurse executive and licensed as a nursing home administrator.

She has received numerous awards in recognition of outstanding performance and commitment to excellence in the areas of quality and innovative service design.

Research Interests

Her doctoral research focused on the influence of health insurance toward reducing obesity in young adults. Jean's areas of interest are strengthening the role of nursing in the community as well as the role of nurse executives in all health care settings.


BSN, Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA
MSN, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
MHSA, St. Joseph's College, Windham, ME
PhD,  Nursing and Health Policy, University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

Dr. Bernhardt received a PhD in Nursing and Health Policy at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, a Master's in Health Services Administration from St. Joseph's College, a Post-Master's in Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate and a Master of Science in Nursing, Primary Care Nursing in Society from the University of Virginia.

Curriculum Vitae