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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

Emory’s PhD program in Nursing is committed to improving human health, the experience of health, and the provision of health care through the discovery of new knowledge and its translation into practice. The program is designed to prepare researchers who want to revolutionize health care and improve health outcomes for diverse populations.

Applications are due January 1, 2023.

Overview

Our PhD program is a full-time, intense learning experience designed to develop the next generation of researchers, a generation that will change the face of health care. It is built on the research strengths of its faculty in areas of the management of chronic illnesses, the biological and psychosocial bases of behavior, global health, and health care systems, with special emphases on women’s health and the health of vulnerable populations. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing on the strengths of Emory University and its partners in areas as varied as the humanities, natural and social sciences, public health, engineering, theology, law, and business. Learn more about us at various events during the year.

Virtual Open House Events

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 6 pm
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 6 pm
  • Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 6 pm

To register for one of these events today.  If you have any questions, contact Jean Harrell at aharrel@emory.edu

Directors and Staff

Lisa M. Thompson
PhD, MS, RN, FNP, FAAN
Director of Graduate Studies
lisa.thompson@emory.edu

Kate A. Yeager
RN, PhD, FAAN
Assistant Director of Graduate Studies
kyeager@emory.edu

Jean Harrell
Graduate Program Administrator
aharrel@emory.edu

Curriculum

Teaching Assistant Training & Teaching Opportunity Program

The PhD in Nursing trains students to teach through the Teaching Assistant Training and Teaching Opportunity Program, or TATTO, program. This program provides a short course offered in late summer before the first year, training and teaching assistantships and teaching associateships.

The Jones Program in Ethics

The Jones Program in Ethics (JPE) at Emory University provides students with a foundational, cross-disciplinary introduction to the question of ethics for their research, training and careers. It is a required, integral part of the curriculum in LGS doctoral programs: Learn more Link here:

T32 Nurse Scientist Training Opportunities

Our National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) funded training T32 program prepares pre-doctoral and post-doctoral nurse scientists to develop and test interventions to improve health outcomes of persons with or at risk for chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and neurological diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, HIV-AIDS, and asthma/COPD.

Mayra Sainz
Mayra
Sainz

... interests are partnering with community organizations to conduct research that explores, addresses, and evaluates programs that reduce health disparities in BIPOC communities. Specifically, she is interested in partnering with religious communities to improve the quality of life for Latinx families impacted by dementia.

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Admission Requirements

The deadline for applications to the PhD Program in Nursing is January 1, 2023 for Fall admission.

For admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program, Emory University seeks highly qualified applicants with the discipline and motivation to excel in interdisciplinary research. To be considered for admission, you must submit the following items:

  • Completed application
  • Submission of a personal statement that describes the applicant's vision for what they want to study, who they want to study with, and why they want to study at Emory.
  • Research interests that match faculty expertise
  • Three (3) recommendations
  • Satisfactory TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • World Education Services (WES) report (if applicable)
  • Transcripts issued by the registrar’s office from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae

Emory University considers applicants who hold a BSN or MSN from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program in the US or an international equivalent (Applicants holding a degree in a non-nursing related discipline will be considered on an individual basis).

Students entering with a BSN and intending to pursue advanced practice or nurse-midwifery certification must be eligible for licensure as RN in Georgia by the end of the first year of study.

Application

Meet our Faculty

The faculty, staff and students of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing are dedicated to the values of scholarship, leadership and social responsibility in shaping our current and future work as members of a leading private school of nursing. They are known for providing exceptional research support to doctoral candidates. To learn more about our nursing faculty, visit our Faculty and Research page. Current research studies conducted by our faculty include:

  • Center for the Study of Symptom Science, Metabolomics and Multiple Chronic Conditions (Sandra Dunbar)
  • Creating a Faith-Based Toolbox for African Americans Living with Moderate and Severe Dementia (Fayron Epps)
  • Aerobic exercise to improve cognitive abilities among adults living with HIV/AIDS (Rebecca Gary/Drenna Waldrop)
  • Savvy Caregiver Program for Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease (Kenneth Hepburn)
  • Occupational Heat Exposure and Renal Dysfunction (Linda McCauley; Vicki Hertzberg)
  • To enhance breast cancer survivorship of Asian Americans (Eun-Ok Im)
  • Jim Crow in the Asylum: Psychiatry and Civil Rights in the American South (Kylie Smith)
  • An Effectiveness-Implementation Trial of SPIRIT in ESRD (Mi-Kyung Song)
  • Inflammation and Renin-Angiotensin System Dysfunction as risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease (Whitney Wharton)
  • Cognitive Dysfunction in Atrial Fibrillation (Kathy Wood)
  • Oral Chemotherapy Adherence Trajectories in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (Kate Yeager)
  • Biologic Mechanisms of Labor Dysfunction: A Systems Biology Approach (Carlson)
  • Nursing Resources and Health Care-Associated Infections: Measures of Hospital Performance (Cimiotti)
  • Center for Children’s Health Assessment, Research Translation, and Combating Environmental Racism (CHARTER) (McCauley)
  • Combustion of plastic waste and human health effects in Guatemala (Thompson)
  • Implementing an evidence-based, multilevel intervention to promote HPV vaccination among HIV positive adults (Wells)

Emory nursing faculty are committed to supporting the learning and discovery for our doctoral nursing students. The faculty is comprised of renowned scholars with a diverse range of expertise in areas such as:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Caregiver Well-Being
  • Environmental Health
  • Farmworker Health
  • Global Health
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Maternal/Child Health
  • Mental Health
  • Nurse Workforce and Quality of Patient Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Sleep Research
  • Transgender Health

Meet our Students

Meet our current and past doctoral students and learn a little more about how they impact the world of nursing research.

Student graduate’s dissertations include:

  • How Does Prescription Drug spending Affect Medication Adherence, Acute Care Use, and Health Care Costs in Heart Failure? (Blake McGee)
  • Risk Factors of recurrent Hospital Admissions for Young Adults Presenting with Hyperglycemic emergencies at an Inner City Hospital (M.K. Findley)
  • Determinants of Preterm Infants’ Language Environment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Lauren Zauche)
  • Complement Activation and Perinatal Outcomes in African American Women (Alexi Dunn, NIH funded)
  • Brain-Gut Axis and Its Influence on Gestational Weight Gain (Sara Edwards, NIH funded)
  • Social Isolation and Retention in Care among Older Adults Living with HIV/AIDs (Moka Yoo-Jeong)
  • PBDE Exposure, Thyroid Disruption, and Antenatal Depression in African American Women (Abby Mutic)

A full list of student accomplishments is updated regularly (PDF).

Here are just a few job titles of our graduates.

  • Chief Nursing Officer with the Jamaican Ministry of Health
  • Epidemic Intelligence Service, Center for Disease Control
  • Pediatric Center for Wellness
  • RTI International – Division of Public Health and Clinical Research
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Center for Pediatric Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice
  • Emory University
  • Georgia State University
  • University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
  • University of Botswana, Gaborone

Tuition and Awards

Full-Tuition Scholarships

All full-time admitted students are granted full tuition waiver and receive an annual stipend over 12 months in exchange for teaching and research services. The stipend is drawn from a combination of faculty advisor grant support, school support and student research grants received during the program. Stipends are renewed each year, contingent upon satisfactory academic and research performance, for a total of four years. Faculty and students work together to identify and apply for National Institutes for Health's National Research Service Award and other fellowships for stipend and research support funding during the doctoral program. Students also receive Professional Development Support Funds from Laney Graduate School to attend conferences and support research-related expenses.

T32 Predoctoral Fellowships through Spring 2023

The School of Nursing offers a research training program for selected predoctoral students to focus on developing and testing interventions to improve health outcomes of persons with or at risk for chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and neurological diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus, HIV-AIDS, and asthma/COPD. Individuals selected as fellows in this training program receive a monthly stipend, benefit assistance, assistance for professional travel, and modest funds to support research related expenses. The Laney Graduate School also offers scholarships to PhD students.

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Featured Story

PhD program continues to grow

More than twenty years ago, Emory’s School of Nursing leadership had the foresight to create a doctoral program that would build the ranks of nurse scientists and help address the nursing shortage and the dearth of faculty needed to teach new generations. The program and its students were featured in Emory Nursing magazine.
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