Program Features

Unique features of this program include:

  • Face-to-face instruction and mentorship from expert faculty.
  • Experiences in transdisciplinary coursework and research selected from the rich and diverse expertise on the Purdue campus.

Our program goals and outcomes include: 

  • Research: Develop new knowledge that impacts health, using theory-based, high-quality scientific methods while adhering to the highest standards of scientific integrity. Synthesize research findings in the context of prior understanding of phenomena. 
  • Leadership: Provide leadership to advance nursing, including research, theory, education and healthcare delivery.
  • Collaboration: Apply principles of collaboration to generate scientific knowledge to improve practice, policy and healthcare outcomes.
  • Communication: Disseminate research findings through presentation, publication and professional discourse to a wide range of global stakeholders including the academic community, health service professionals, policymakers and healthcare consumers.

PhD graduates competently and confidently conduct rigorous research to expand nursing science and translate findings to the bedside, lead others influenced by exemplary interdisciplinary research experiences, and identify problems in healthcare delivery, bringing theory, existing evidence, and scientific methods to develop innovative solutions to healthcare challenges. 

Our program provides opportunities for partnering with an array of institutes and departments across the University, including the Center on Aging and the Life Course (CALC), Department of Sociology, Purdue Extension, Department of Psychological Sciences, The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University, College of Engineering, College of Veterinary Medicine, Computer Science, and Purdue Homeland Security Institute. 

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