Earn your Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing--rigorous and modern, validated HYBRID/ONLINE delivery, excellent mentoring and teaching by faculty, extensive research experiences, and committed peers. Full and part time options featuring research related to family epigenetics discovery and interventions, community-based participatory methodologies, and nursing competency development.  Tailored for research knowledge and skill development. Dissertation research may occur at approved sites near home or work.

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 smoking cessation.

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.

Meet our Research Faculty.


Advancing your nursing career at Augusta University.

Our PhD in Nursing Prepares Graduates to:

  • Critically evaluate behavioral and biological theories of health and illness.
  • Generate, test, and extend knowledge of linkages between behavioral and biological dimensions of health and illness.
  • Design basic and clinical nursing studies to investigate behavioral and biological phenomena within a selected area.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary approaches to generate and apply scientific knowledge.
  • Apply leadership strategies to address ethical, political, economic, and socio-cultural issues in nursing. 
  • Emphasize 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.
  • Address genetic, biological, social, psychological, and environmental determinants of health disparities with a special focus on populations in Southeastern U.S.
  • Promote patient safety through an increased understanding of the interaction between health care providers and their environment. 


PhD in Nursing degree

NursingCAS site open on September 1, 2017 to receive PhD Program applications for Fall 2018 enrollment.


We offer our PhD Students:

  • An opportunity to engage in ground-breaking research in such vital areas as health disparities, cardiovascular risk reduction, cancer treatment/prevention, diabetes treatment/prevention and smoking cessation.
    (Learn more about our faculty researchers)
  • Access to a wide range of service to support their research interests through our Center for Nursing Research.
  • Avenues to advance their research interests through our Interdisciplinary Simulation Center and through the Augusta University's centers and institutes such as the new Cancer Research Center.
  • Excellent opportunities to collaborate with world-class researchers in a dynamic, resource-rich health sciences university environment. (Learn more...)
  • Research mentoring, assistantship opportunities, and an exceptional financial package.
  • The latest in classroom technology in a new, state-of-the-art facility.

Contact Us

PhD in Nursing Program

Julie Zadinsky, PhD, RN
Program Director