Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Plover, Colin

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Colin Plover, PhD, MSN/MPH, MSN, RN

Colin Plover, PhD, MSN/MPH, MSN, RN

Contact Dr. Plover

901 Walnut Street
10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-0174
(215) 923-7583 fax


PhD, University of Pennsylvania
MSN/MPH, Johns Hopkins University
MSN, Thomas Jefferson University
BSN, University of Pennsylvania


Medical Surgical Nurse Board Certified
Advanced Cardiac Life Support

University Appointments

Lecturer, Jefferson College of Population Health

Research & Practice Interests

Health Systems Innovation
Multimethod Research
Social Entrepreneurship
Community Design
Community Service


U.S. Healthcare Organization & Delivery


Dr. Colin Plover is a health systems researcher, clinical practitioner, educator, social entrepreneur and innovator. His research focuses on improving safety, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of health systems using multi-method approaches. This involved, in part, the investigation of nurse-patient care allocation optimization and nurse engagement in inpatient settings. He has also engaged in community research. He practices clinically as a medical-surgical nurse and runs a civically minded non-profit in West Philadelphia. Dr. Plover’s work as a researcher, clinician and social entrepreneur provides him with unique insight into the design and intricacies of inpatient and community settings which he translates into the classroom to provide context to course content. Dr. Plover is dedicated to pursuing research and interventions to inform and drive the evolution our healthcare system to one that better serves vulnerable populations. Dr. Plover earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing, two master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University in public health and public health nursing and a master’s in adult-gerontology acute care from Thomas Jefferson University.