Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
PhD Program Focus
Substantive research areas
- Health Promotion
- Chronic Illness Care
- Effectiveness Science
- Vulnerable Populations
- Demonstrate competence in all phases of research/scientific methods
- Develop in-depth knowledge in a substantive research area of science
- Conduct research that is grounded in, and in turn informs, theory, practice, and policy
- Be a steward of the discipline of nursing
- Admitted students are matched to a current faculty member’s research who provides mentorship throughout the program
- Students engage in scientific inquiry and increasing skills through grant writing and research dissemination
- Curriculum integrates scientific processes, analytics, and substantive research foci directed by the primary research mentors in designated mentorship teams
- Diverse student population
- Opportunity to work with leading nurse scientists
Details regarding the UMSN graduate fellowship funding packages:
- Students in the first two years of the program will be supported by a variety of sources. (Included are a monthly stipend, tuition support and U-M GradCare health insurance.)
- A third year of funding will be contingent on the receipt of student or faculty grant funding (e.g. R01, F31,T32, or similar grant).
Benefits of this program include:
- Students’ ability to complete a PhD in nursing in three to four years, while being embedded in a research team.
- UMSN’s ability to address the critical shortage of nurse scientists and faculty.
- Generation of new knowledge and innovative interventions to provide new ways of caring for people in need.
- Provision of more nurse educators to train more BSNs and other students.
In addition to following all UMSN student policies and guidelines contained in the handbooks, PhD students are required to comply with Rackham Graduate School policies. These include:
- Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies
- Rackham’s Academic Dispute Resolution Policy and Procedures in case of a dispute or disagreement with faculty or staff about the equity and fairness of decisions or procedures that affect their academic standing and progress toward the degree.
The PhD program is specifically designed to focus on research in nursing. The curriculum is in an on-campus format, however a few of the courses may be offered in a web-blended format. Students admitted to the PhD program should plan to be on-campus for two or more days a week for class time. The PhD curriculum is designed for full-time enrollment with 3-4 years to completion (post-baccalaureate or post-masters).
Sample Study Plan
|Course number||Course title||Credits||Term offered|
|HS 851||Scientific Methods for Health Science: Applied Inference||4||Fall|
|N880||Philosophical Influences and Theory Building in Nursing||4||Fall|
|N804||Systematic Research Synthesis||2||Fall|
|HS 852||Scientific Models for Health Sciences: Linear Modeling||4||Winter|
|HS 853||Scientific Methods for Health Sciences: Special Topics||4||Fall|
|N803||Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship||1||Fall|
|N890||Substantitive Research Focus I||3||Fall|
|N891||Substantitive Research Focus II||3||Winter|
|Cognate||Elective course as selected by the student||4||Fall/Winter|
|Additional courses for Post Baccalaureate students:|
|N595||Clinical Scholarship Praxis I||3||Fall|
|N696||Clinical Scholarship Praxis II||3||Winter|
Minimum credits required for all pre-candidates: 37
Post-baccalaureate students without practice experience may take N595: Clinical Scholarship Praxis Experience I (3 credits) and N696: Clinical Scholarship Praxis Experience II (3 credits). Hillman Scholars are required to take N595 and N696. A Summer Clinical Fellowship Experience is linked to these two Praxis courses.
A minimum of 8 credit hours are required at the Dissertation/Candidacy level (course N995)