Jie Hu, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor
(614) 688-0394

396 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210








Research Interest

Dr. Hu’s area of research has focused on developing and testing culturally appropriate, family-focused nursing interventions to improve diabetes self-management among Hispanic Americans. In China, Dr. Hu tested culturally appropriate and low-literacy interventions for behavior change among older adults with chronic illnesses.  As a Principal Investigator on several NIH funded grants with focus on diabetes-self management for Hispanics with type 2 diabetes and their family members, Dr. Hu tested the effectiveness of diabetes self-management intervention for low literacy minority populations and successfully delivered cultural tailored diabetes intervention programs to Hispanics with type 2 diabetes and their family members. Dr. Hu has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed nursing and multi-disciplinary journals.



Research Activities (most recent)

2012-2016: Principal Investigator: A Family-Based Diabetes Intervention for Hispanic Adults in an Emerging Community $675,901 direct costs. TRIAD-2 Center for Health Disparities Research, 2P20MD002289-06. National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH. $4,790,000. Wallace, D.C. (PI).


2012-2015: Co-Investigator: Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program-4. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education. $404,289.00 direct costs. D62HP01905. Barba, B. (PI).


2010-2011: Principal Investigator: Exploring Culturally Competent Diabetes Self-Management Strategies in Hispanics with Diabetes. Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, 2009. $1050.


2007-2012: Principal Investigator: A Diabetes Self-Management Family-based Intervention for Hispanic Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. P20 TRIAD Center for Health Disparities. Core Director, Assistant Core Director, TRIAD NIH Center of Excellence in Health Disparities Research. 1P20MD002289-01, National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities/NIH, $6,589,787 direct costs. Wallace, D. C. (PI). 



Selected Publications

*Refers to data-based publications.


*Hu, J., Amirehsani, K.A., Wallace, D.C., McCoy, T.P. & Silva, Z. A. (2016). A family-based, culturally tailored diabetes intervention for Hispanics and their family members. The Diabetes Educator, 42(3), 299-314. doi:10.1177/0145721716636961. PMID: 26957533.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26957533


*Hu, J., Wallace, D.C., Amirehsani, K. A. McCoy T. P., Coley, S. L., Wiseman, K. D., Silva, Z. A., & Hussami, C. R. (2015). Improving physical activity in Hispanic adults with diabetes and their families. Public Health Nursing, 32 (6), 625-633. doi: 10.1111/phn.12190. PMID: 25731967:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25731967


*Watson, A. L., Hu, J., & Chiu, N.H. (2015).  Single nucleotide polymorphisms in type 2 diabetes among Hispanic adults. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 108,e25-e27. PMID: 25771307 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25771307


*Zhu, S., Hu, J., McCoy, T.P., Li, G., Zhu, J., Lei, M., Yuan, J., Peng, J. & Kong, L. (2015). Socioeconomic status and the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes among adults in Northwest China. The Diabetes Educator, 41(5):599-608.  Doi: 10.1177/0145721715598382. PMID: 26246592 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26246592


*Fu, M.L.,Hu., J. & Cai. (2015). A Community-based diabetes self-management intervention for Chinese Adults with Type 2 diabetes: A pilot study. International Journal of Nursing Practice.Suppl 2:132-1340. doi: 10.1111/ijn.12373.PMID: 2612558. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26125580


*Hu, J., Wallace, D. C., McCoy T. P., & Amirehsani, K.A. (2014). A family-based diabetes intervention for Hispanic adults and their family members. The Diabetes Educator, 40(1), 48-59. PMID: 24248832 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24248832


*Hu, J., Amirehsani, K.A., Wallace, D. C., & Letvak, S. (2013). Perceptions of barriers in managing diabetes: Perspectives of Hispanic immigrant patients and family members.  The Diabetes Educator, 39, 494-503. PMID: 23640301 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23640301


*Hu, J., Gruber, K. Liu, H., Zhao, H. & Garcia, A. (2013). Diabetes knowledge among older Chinese adults with diabetes in Beijing, China.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22(1-2), 51-60. PMID: 23216552 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23216552


Hu, J. (2013). Women and diabetes: A global perspective (Editorial). Journal of Women’s Health, Issues & Care, 2:1, http://www.scitechnol.com/2325-9795/2325-9795-2-e104.php


*Hu, J., Amirehsani, K.A., Wallace, D. C., & Letvak, S. (2012). The meaning of insulin to Hispanic immigrants with type 2 diabetes and their families. Diabetes Educator, 38(2), 263-290. PMID: 22357711. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22357711


*Hu, J., Gruber, K. J. & Hsueh, K.H. (2010). Psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the SF-36 in older adults with diabetes in Beijing, China. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 88(3), 273-281. PMID: 20392508 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20392508


*Hu, J., Wallace, D. & Tesh, A. (2010) Physical activity, obesity nutritional health and quality of life In low-income Hispanic adults with diabetes. Journal of Community Health Nursing. 27(2), 70-83. PMID: 20437288. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20437288


*Hu, J., Wallace, D. C., Jones, E., & Liu, H. (2009). Cardiometabolic health of Chinese older adults with diabetes living in Beijing, China. Public Health Nursing, 26(6), 500-511.  PMID: 19903270 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19903270


*Hu, J. & Gruber, K. J. (2008). Positive and negative affect and health functioning indicators in older adults with chronic illnesses. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 29(8), 895-911. PMID: 18649214 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18649214


*Hu, J. (2007). Health-related quality of life in low-income older African Americans. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 24(4), 253-265. PMID: 18092917 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18092917



Complete List of Published Work in NCBI:




Honors and Awards

  • 2015 UNCG Honoree, Faculty Excellence in Research & Creative Activity
  • 2014 Elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing
  • 2013 First recipient of  Faculty Research Excellence Award, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Nursing
  • 2006 Excellence in Nursing Research Award Gamma Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • 2004 Hartford Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar
  • 2003 Outstanding Professional Award, UNCG Office for Adult Students



Professional Service

  • 2014-present: Member, American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Global Nursing & Health
  • 2014-present: Member, American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel on Environment & Public Health
  • 2014-2015: Chair, Global Health Committee, Public Health Nursing Section, American Public Health Association.