Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Concentrations within the PhD Program:
Health Promotion and Risk Reduction
- Critically analyze empirical support for existing theories relevant to health promotion and risk reduction
- Develop new theoretical constructs and determine their usefulness in predicting health-promoting and risk-reducing behaviors of individuals, families and community-based aggregates
- Demonstrate competence in behavioral and biological measurement of health actions and health status parameters
- Demonstrate competence in designing multi-disciplinary studies to test the efficacy of intervention to improve health in socio-economically and racially diverse populations
- Demonstrate expertise in research design, data collection and analytic techniques appropriate to the study of health behaviors and related health outcomes
- Report research findings in nursing and multi-disciplinary publications in a critical and scientifically sound manner
- Identify implications of health promotion and risk reduction research for informing health policy
Learn about the School of Nursing's Post-Doctoral Training Fellowship opportunity in the area of health promotion and risk reduction with vulnerable populations.
- Foundational introduction is necessary for students selecting the concentration; at least two levels are conceptualized, the foundational as the first level, and a second level that builds on this foundation
- A broad paradigm/perspective organizes the concentration, allowing for use of a multiplicity of theoretical and methodological approaches
- Objectives should address theory, methods and values pertinent to the focus, and should be at the highest levels of learning taxonomies
- Critically evaluate empirical evidence and existing theories relevant to the understanding and treatment of human responses during illness and in the restoration of health that arise from the interaction of biological and environmental processes
- Synthesize defensible frameworks or theories to guide investigation of human responses and phenomena emphasizing biological aspects of the person interacting with the environment
- Evaluate the therapeutic usefulness of nursing interventions and innovations that use the interaction of biological and environmental processes to counteract the impact of illness to restore health and evaluate the implications of interventions for health policy
- Demonstrate competence in the selection and use of appropriate methodological approaches and analytic and measurement techniques
- Design and implement research paradigms for developing or testing theories pertinent to a person-environment interaction framework
- Act on pertinent ethical principles in the design of research protocols addressing mental and/or physical impairments or those involving persons so affected
- Critically evaluate the theoretical and empirical knowledge about inter-and intra-organizational phenomena relevant to the understanding of nursing systems
- Develop and validate new theoretical constructs and models that explain nursing phenomena from a systems perspective
- Contribute to knowledge development in the domain of nursing systems through the generations of new knowledge as well as the synthesis of nursing knowledge with that of related disciplines
- Extend and refine the definition of the domain of nursing systems
- Demonstrate expertise in research design, data collection and analytic techniques appropriate to the study of the nursing systems domain
- Contribute to the research literature in nursing related disciplines
- Demonstrate competence in the measurement of macro- and micro-level variables central to nursing systems
- Demonstrate competence in working with large data sets to address questions central to nursing systems
- Critically analyze the theoretical and empirical evidence relevant to women's health
- Evaluate the status of women's health and the health care available to women comparing quality across race, class, age, sexual orientation, or geographic region
- Examine nursing theory, empiricism, and critical theory as frameworks for scientific inquiry about the health of women
- Develop new theoretical constructs that bridge identified gaps between modern feminism, emancipatory theory, and traditional science in the service of improving the health of diverse populations
- Use contemporary technology, such as the Internet and other applications, to search for relevant resources and to communicate with international scholars
- Demonstrate competence in the measurement and accurate representation of parameters and events, with attention to reflecting the meaning and perspectives of study participants
- Develop research designs, data collection methods, and analysis procedures that actively involve study participants and incorporate multidisciplinary viewpoints
- Report research findings in a scientifically sound manner that makes the knowledge produced publicly accessible and available to form the foundation for future research
- Engage in scholarly pursuits and independent research
- Develop advanced knowledge and skills in research methods, data analysis, and inferential processes, as they relate to nursing practice and theory development
- Investigate and test the validity of current and developing theories related to nursing science
- Develop the ability to construct nursing theory, using knowledge from practice, research and related disciplines
- Provide intellectual leadership in the conduct of nursing research, development of nursing theory and expansion of the science of nursing
- Participate in policy development and decision-making at the state, national, and international level
- Assume leadership roles in education, professional nursing organizations, health service systems and other health related enterprises
- Utilize related concepts, theories and strategies from nursing and related disciplines in the analysis of issues and in the resolution of problems confronting nursing and health care delivery systems
- Prepares leaders who are in significant positions throughout the world
- Graduates are in great demand
- Highly diverse student population
- Fully integrated across the university with seven courses taken outside of nursing
- Students from many countries
- Known as a leader in post-baccalaureate education
- Opportunity to work with leading nurse scientists
- Emphasis on interdisciplinary research
PhD Core Courses (theoretical and health care issues)
Advance Nursing Practice - Specialization
Students must complete coursework in an advanced practice specialization. Post-baccalaureate students will complete 13 credits of advanced nursing practice coursework.
Post-masters students may have completed relevant coursework in their previous Master’s program to fulfill the required 13 credits of advanced nursing practice coursework. A review of each admitted student will be conducted prior to the first term of enrollment to determine all courses needed to fulfill the PhD curriculum requirements.
Research and Theory in Concentration Area
All PhD students are required to complete 9 credits of chosen concentration coursework (Health Promotion/Risk Reduction, Bio-Behavior, Women’s Health and Systems Leadership and Effectiveness Science). See above for more specific concentration information.
Students must enroll in at least 4 credits of cognate courses in other disciplines relevant to the student’s area of research.
All PhD students must fulfill the preliminary exam (course N990) for 1-9 credits to attain candidacy. The number of credits will vary based on the student and progression of preliminary exam/review.
Research Projects / Dissertation
The PhD requires the submission of two solely authored research projects. Post-masters students may submit their Master’s thesis (if applicable) to fulfill the first project requirements, the dissertation (minimum 8 credits) is the required second project.
Post-baccalaureate students will complete a first project (scholarly paper) at a maximum of 2 credits and the dissertation (minimum of 8 credits) to fulfill the research project requirements.
(must be approved by faculty advisor prior to completion)
All PhD students will be required to provide evidence of work experience (clinical or research focused), research experience (preliminary exam, research projects, GRSA position, etc…) and PEERRS certification.
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The number of credits will vary based on previous education and the number of credits needed to successfully fulfill the dissertation requirement.