Beth NeSmith, PhD, MSN, RN
David Adams, PhD
The PhD in Nursing Program prepares nurse scientists for research-intensive academic careers.
The program emphasizes interdisciplinary knowledge development and dissemination through Biobehavioral nursing research. Our faculty are involved in ground-breaking research in such vital areas as health disparities, cancer prevention and control, cardiovascular risk reduction, and epigenetics.
Health Outcomes - Emphasizes clinical outcomes research with a focus on the development of evidence-based knowledge explicating the behavioral and biological outcomes of nursing interventions for vulnerable populations.
Health Disparities - Addresses genetic, biological, social, psychological, and environmental determinants of health disparities with a special focus on populations in the Southeastern U.S.
Health Provider Performance and Patient Safety - Promotes patient safety through an increased understanding of the interaction between heath care providers and their environment.
Our PhD program is designed for advanced students interested in working closely with faculty mentors in nursing and related disciplines within the context of established programs of research.
The program prepares graduates to:
"As the healthcare environment rapidly changes, PhD prepared nurses are uniquely prepared to generate knowledge leading to vital clinical change. "