Doctor of Philosophy

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PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science program is designed to prepare nurse scientists with expertise in clinical-translational research methods to advance the scholarly discipline and to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in the field of nursing.

As the most trusted profession and the primary caregivers in the healthcare setting, nurses bring a uniquely personal perspective to research. Nurses know that optimal patient health requires a whole-person approach that recognizes the interdependencies of the different, and sometimes deeply personal, aspects of a patient’s life. That is why our PhD program emphasizes the combination of translational science methods with traditional models for research to comprehensively address health and healthcare needs of local, national and global communities.

UCI nursing science faculty conduct interdisciplinary research that incorporates integrative health approaches to promote population health and build healthy communities. Our broad focal areas include:

  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Disease and symptom management
  • Health disparities and diversity
  • Health services and health policy
  • Highly accessible hybrid format for core courses.
  • Leading research faculty who incorporate interdisciplinary integrative health approaches to promote population health and well-being one person, one family, one community at a time.
  • Strong collaborative relationships across schools — from engineering to the arts — to create novel solutions for the health challenges facing underserved communities.
  • Commitment to using community-informed and community-based research methods to tackle population health needs with compassion, determination, and a keen understanding of the need for appealing, user-friendly approaches to providing healthcare.
  • Dedicated, one-on-one mentorship in research and teaching.
  • You are passionate about developing and comprehensively testing new knowledge in a selected area of nursing science.
  • You are excited about incorporating translational science into nursing research endeavors.
  • You desire to provide leadership for the health and well-being of communities through translational science and the understanding of social, cultural, economic and political milieu within which knowledge translation operates.
  • You desire the opportunity to contribute to interdisciplinary research initiatives in your area of expertise.

Curriculum

The PhD in Nursing Science is a four to five-year, full-time commitment that includes a combination of formal courses, electives, independent study, teaching assistant assignments, formal examinations, and the completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation based on original research that contributes to the scholarly and scientific knowledge of the nursing discipline.

Early coursework will introduce you to theoretical foundations in the nursing discipline and to advanced research methodologies in nursing, health sciences, and related fields. Elective and independent studies will contribute to expertise in areas of research leading to your dissertation. Additionally, a two-quarter Teaching Assistant assignment will serve as an opportunity to teach as well as contribute to the UCI Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing’s educational mission.

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Application Details

BS
MS (MEPN)
DNP (Post-Master’s)
DNP – FNP
PhD
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