Health Policy

Sandra Daack-Hirsch

  • Senior Faculty Affiliate, Health Policy Research Program
  • Associate Professor, College of Nursing


Sandra Daack-Hirsch is an associate professor in the University of Iowa College of Nursing. Her B.S.N., M.S.N. and Ph.D. are from the UI College of Nursing. Daack-Hirsch focused her master’s study on genetic counseling and care of children and families. She completed her Ph.D. in the Parent, Child and Family area of study, with an emphasis in public health and genetics. Daack-Hirsch teaches clinical genetics and is a consultant on numerous national projects to promote the education of nurses in genetics.

Daack-Hirsch joined the faculty in the College of Nursing in January 2007 as an assistant professor. As a doctoral student, she was awarded an F31 National Service Research Award and was a fellow at the National Institute of Nursing Research's Summer Genetics Institute. Prior to joining the College of Nursing as a faculty member, Daack-Hirsch had worked for more than 15 years as a genetic nurse specialist and counselor. In addition, she was a member of a large, interdisciplinary research group on genetic determinants of orofacial clefting.

From this foundation, Daack-Hirsch has built a research program that bridges basic genetic science with real-world application by providers, educators, and families/parents. Her program of research is patient-centered, with an emphasis on public engagement on issues related to the management of genetic/genomic health care information. Daack-Hirsch is currently the principal investigator on a funded project from the NIH entitled “Personal Perspective and Provider Communication of Genomic Risk for T2DM.” She is also leading a team of researchers to investigate the use of prenatal screening among clinicians and women in Iowa.

Research Interests

  • Comprehension and communication of genomic risk
  • Genetic disorders and families

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • M.S.N., University of Iowa
  • B.S.N., University of Iowa