Nursing, PhD

Phone: 216-368-5979
Joachim G. Voss, PhD, RN, ACRN, FAAN Director of PhD program

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Field of Study: Nursing

Program Overview

The PhD program is a post baccalaureate degree program designed to prepare scientists who initiate and conduct research relevant to nursing. Expertise in clinical nursing and competence in research are required to prepare scholars to disseminate knowledge and build programs of research. To achieve excellence in the academic program, students engage in activities consistent with the areas of research excellence of the faculty.  Moreover, the faculty is committed to the intellectual growth of the student, which is achieved through mentorship and collaboration in scholarship.

The PhD student concentrates on the organization and development of knowledge requisite to nursing practice for service to a population. The population may include: age group (children, adults), focus of service (individual, family, or community) and position on the continuum of health (health and wellness, acute and chronic disruptions in health). PhD students are culturally diverse, and many develop and apply knowledge relevant to global health needs.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct original research
  • Critique and integrate different scientific perspectives in the conduct of original research
  • Lead interdisciplinary research teams and participate in team science
  • Understand the evolving roles and responsibilities of a nurse scholar
  • Assume leadership in the conduct of culturally and linguistically appropriate scholarship
  • Lead in advancing the discipline through scholarly contributions and science in the global community
  • Provide career and research mentorship to others
  • Communicate research through publications and presentations for professional, interdisciplinary, and lay audiences
  • Generate and disseminate knowledge relevant to health care policy
  • Understand the influence of politics and policy on knowledge generation
  • Appreciate the history and philosophy of science
  • Understand the evolving nature of the nursing discipline
  • Utilize professional and research ethics and judgment in the conduct of research
  • Demonstrate mastery of in-depth knowledge in a substantive area

Graduate Policies

For graduate policies and procedures, please review the School of Graduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.