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  • EdD University of Northern Iowa
  • MSN Mount Mercy University
  • BSN Mount Mercy University
  • RN Allen College of Nursing


Dr. Candace Chihak, a graduate of MMU's RN–BSN and MSN programs, joined Mount Mercy University full-time in 2014.

Previously, she worked at Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) in various health care, leadership, and education roles.

Candace has been a nurse for 29 years and specializes in public and community health care education. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and serves as president of Kappa Xi—the Mount Mercy University Chapter. Candace is also a member of the Iowa Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and the American/Iowa Public Health Association.