Special Topics in Nursing: The study of special topics directed by an authority in the field.
Knowledge Development in Nursing: Examines the origin and development of nursing knowledge, theories, and research testing nursing theories and models.
Nursing, Health Organizations, and Policy Making: Examines interrelated changes in nursing, ethical and legal expectations, and the organization of health care and health policy. Ways that nurse leaders in health care organizations adapt to and challenge public policies throughout the policymaking process and consequences for organizations and for health, practice, research and education are explored.
Theories of Prevention/Management of Chronic Conditions: Overviews research on the prevention and management of chronic illness across the life span. Social/political issues and current theories are included.
Organizational Theories Applied to Nursing: Examines the major theoretical paradigms, perspectives, and issues in organization theory, particularly as applied to organizations providing health care services.
Infants and Children at Risk: This course focuses on the application of the principles of developmental science and use of developmental theories in the conceptualization and design of research with infants and children. A particular focus is on children and the parenting of children at risk for developmental delay or health problems and those with existing health or social problems. An emphasis is placed on reviewing and critiquing relevant conceptual models, and on design and measurement and ethical issues related to designing studies aimed at understanding, preventing or ameliorating health problems during childhood.
Families and Health: Explores theoretical, methodological, and ethical issues related to research in families and health across the life span. Content includes family research related to health promotion, risk reduction, vulnerability, and health risk, and the family in the context of acute and chronic illness. Cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic issues are included.
Health Care Quality and Patient Outcomes: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches: Examines literature on quality of care – effectiveness, safety, efficiency, equity, timeliness and patient-centeredness. Critically evaluates conceptual frameworks, research designs, sources of data, analytic approaches, and implications for health care policy.
Analysis of the Academic Role in Nursing Education: This course examines knowledge, theories and skills necessary for transition into an academic teaching role in university schools of nursing. Particular emphasis on the teaching-learning process as utilized in higher education.
Ethics and Law in Health Care and Research: Focuses on the analysis of contemporary ethical/legal dilemmas in health care and research. Examines nurses’ ethical/legal responsibilities, law and the impact of judicial precedent upon clinical practice and research, the interface of law and ethics, and comparative theories/models of ethical reasoning and decision-making.
From Theory to Intervention: In-depth exploration of selected programmatic research in nursing and related fields on prevention and management of chronic conditions in order to generate and evaluate treatment theory and intervention protocol.
Designing Intervention Studies: Examines methodological, ethical, and practical issues in the design and implementation of theory-based intervention studies.
Research Grant Writing: Course is designed to assist doctoral students and post-docs with preparation of Individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) or other research grant application. All steps in grant writing process will be addressed. Student should have solidified research idea prior to course. Mentor must agree to work with student throughout course.
Proseminar in Nursing: The Doctoral Executive Committee will select the specific topics within a proseminar for each semester in September of the preceding year.
Integrative Literature Review: Course is designed to develop students’ skills in writing integrative literature reviews. Students will complete a review of literature in a topical domain of their choice. In addition, they will read method literature describing the integrative literature review and examples of published integrative reviews that vary in purpose and approach.
Issues in Gerontological Research: Designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of relevant issues researchers face when planning, designing, and implementing, research with an older adult population.
Advanced Statistics I: Principles of Regression and Correlation: Examines principles of bivariate and multiple regression and correlation. Emphasis is on the application of these techniques in the analysis of nursing and health related data.
Advanced Statistics II: Principles of Analysis of Variance: Examines univariate ANOVA, multiple ANOVA, ANCOVA, and repeated measures ANOVA. Emphasis is on application of these techniques in the analysis of nursing and health-related data.
Issues in Sampling and Design for Nursing Research: Systematic and critical analysis of quantitative research designs including experimental, quasi-experimental, longitudinal, comparative, correlational, and descriptive. Examines sampling frameworks, types of samples, sampling errors and biases, and advantages and disadvantages of these designs for the study of nursing and healthcare issues.
Qualitative Approaches to Knowledge Development in Nursing: Examines the philosophical orientation and techniques of qualitative methodologies including qualitative description, grounded theory, ethnography, and narrative. Design issues related to sampling, data collection, data analysis, and data re-presentation, validation, rigor, and ethical concerns are considered.
Principles of Measurement: Examination of measurement and techniques for assessing validity, reliability, and structure of data collection instruments. Instrument construction and procedures for critical evaluation of instruments are included.
Qualitative Analysis: Emphasizes the work of analysis and interpretation. Students apply relevant qualitative techniques to their own data.
Observational Methods: This course explores quantitative observational research techniques. Strategies for developing coding systems, determining reliability and validity, and analyzing data are included
Longitudinal Methods and Analysis: Examines longitudinal research methods, including conceptualization, design, and analysis. Assumptions and limitations of longitudinal statistics, relationship between design and analyses, and strategies to maintain scientific integrity are covered.
Research Seminar and Practicum: Guided Individual Research Experience Directs students to develop research skills related to dissertation and future research.