PhD students must possess the following research competencies in order to complete the dissertation and proceed toward a program of research:

  • Synthesize the literature in a focused area.
  • Develop a problem statement and purpose in a focused area of inquiry.
  • Evaluate theoretical/conceptual frameworks for applicability in designing a study.
  • Identify and critique research methods for appropriateness in a given study.
  • Utilize a research design that is consistent with the problem statement, purpose, and theoretical/conceptual framework.
  • Identify, critique, and apply strategies for conceptualizing and/or operationalizing research variables.
  • Write a research grant proposal.
  • Use sound and consistent methods to ethically conduct data gathering activities.
  • Ethically conduct research and adhere to standards of scientific integrity.
  • Develop a systematic approach to data management including data entry, cleaning, tracking, and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Utilize appropriate data analysis techniques consistent with the purpose and design of a study.
  • Interpret and synthesize the findings in light of the existing literature and theoretical framework, and identify relevance for practice and future research.
  • Disseminate papers through selected peer-reviewed outlets including abstracts, presentations, and publications.

At the end of the PhD Program students are expected to demonstrate the following PhD program outcomes:

  1. Exemplify an understanding of the importance of diversity through promotion of inclusion at all levels of research from conceptualization to dissemination.
  2. Demonstrate scientific integrity and the protection of human subjects in the design, conduct, analysis and dissemination of research.
  3. Integrate information, traditions, and cultural norms to conceptualize research problems, generate and disseminate evidence, and lead research to achieve health equity in all environments.
  4. Design, test, and disseminate science that shifts paradigms, overcomes barriers, and re-envisions solutions to improve healthcare delivery, improve health, and achieve health equity.
  5. Optimize existing and develop new information and data science and technology to improve healthcare delivery, improve health, and achieve health equity.
  6. Lead the generation of new knowledge and collaborative scholarship for advocacy and policy development to improve healthcare delivery, improve health, and achieve health equity.
  7. Critically evaluate and advance research on the contextual complexities that exist across populations and systems to improve healthcare delivery, improve health, and achieve health equity.
  8. Advance the science that improves system effectiveness and generate and test interventions to promote high-quality, safe, and equitable care.
  9. Exemplify relationship-centered caring as a core value and an essential dimension of nursing research in all of its contexts.
  10. Generate new knowledge to advance science, policy, and practice that improves the health of individuals, families, communities, populations and systems.
  11. Translate new knowledge through scholarly writing and other modalities to improve healthcare delivery, improve health, and achieve health equity.