Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Nursing

As one of the first schools in the United States to offer a doctor of philosophy program for nursing, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s PhD program has been described as pioneering since its inception in 1954.

Pitt Nursing doctoral students work closely with internationally recognized faculty who lead cutting-edge interdisciplinary research. Students receive in-depth training in both clinical and laboratory research, and leave prepared to be outstanding nurse scientists and academic faculty.

Focal areas of the program include:

  • Technology use in patient management
  • Patient adherence to treatment
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Genomics
  • Behavioral interventions in chronic conditions
  • Symptom management
  • Primary prevention in chronic disease

Students also gain teaching and mentoring skills through coursework and experiences in clinical and didactic instruction as well as mentorship of undergraduate students through our Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program

Program Description

The PhD program of study provides a coherent series of courses, seminars, and discussions designed to help the student develop a mature understanding of content, methods, and values of the discipline of nursing and its relation to other fields.

Courses focus on: 

  • Philosophical underpinnings and theoretical foundations for research
  • Research design, measurement, and intervention development
  • Advanced statistics
  • Advanced quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Responsibilities and activities of scientists
  • Art and science of teaching and learning

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Pittsburgh , United States

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