Jacob Kigo Kariuki

Assistant Professor
Health & Community Systems
School of Nursing
415 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

F: 412-383-7293


My research and clinical focus reflects interest in health equity and global health. The focus of my program of research is on cardiovascular risk reduction with emphasis on health disparities. Previously, I have worked on simplifying cardiovascular risk assessment through use of robust non-laboratory based risk prediction tools which could maximize risk detection and reduction opportunities  in underserved populations. Currently, I am working on leveraging open source technologies and other readily available resources to promote physical activity among underserved populations at high risk for cardiovascular disease.  I am also invested in examining the validity of simplified cardiovascular risk assessment tools and their cost- effectiveness in primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.  


I am currently the assistant instructor in the didactic section of NUR 1054: Nursing Care of the Older Adult. I am also  guest lecturing in various undergraduate and graduate courses including Contemporary Issues in Cross Cultural Health Care and  Health Promotion.


I am a statistical reviewer for the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA). I am also a member of the American Heart Association, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Theta Alpha Chapter Honor Society, Eastern Nursing Research Society, and Global Cardiovascular Nursing Leadership Forum (GCNLF). At Pitt School of Nursing, I serve as a member of the BSN Council.