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The new PhD program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is grounded in our commitment to enhancing the health of individuals, families and communities, increasing the effectiveness of health care systems, and furthering the translation of research into practice.  Graduates of the program are prepared to advance the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of nursing science, engage in interdisciplinary inquiry, and disseminate knowledge.  The PhD curriculum reflects the goals of the National Institutes of Health to foster discovery and increase the knowledge base for improving the health of all populations and to reduce health disparities.  The program emphasizes the integration of the biological and behavioral sciences, the development and testing of evidence-based, theoretically grounded interventions, and the improvement of health care quality and outcomes.  Faculty research addresses three areas of emphasis: enhancing health in vulnerable populations, managing chronic health problems, and strengthening health care systems.  Students work closely with internationally renowned faculty from nursing and other disciplines to develop the skills and expertise needed to launch their program of research and pursue a successful career in academic and health care settings.