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Course Requirements

Below are the PhD course requirements of the PhD in Nursing Research program at the University of Cincinnati. These courses are designed to provide the foundation for a nursing research career trajectory. In addition, you will partner with faculty mentors in the area of your research interest in order to develop a research program that contributes to the creation of nursing knowledge.


NPHD9001 - Professional Seminar I

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours (2 seminar/ 1 research practicum)

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is the first course in a two-course sequence designed to socialize the student into the roles and responsibilities of a PhD prepared nurse scientist. Students develop specific beginning competencies necessary to engage in a career as an independent nurse scientist.


Professional Seminar II

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours (2 seminar/ 1 research practicum)

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course, the second in a two-course sequence, is designed to further socialize students into the roles and responsibilities of an independent nurse researcher. Students further develop their knowledge and skills associated with the research process, increase their ability to write persuasively pertaining to phenomenon of interest, and submit scholarly works including publications, presentations, and grant proposals.


NPHD9005 - Inquiry I

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: A seminar focusing on the theoretical and research dynamics of nursing inquiry and the philosophical underpinnings of science as a basis for understanding the development of knowledge.


NPHD9006 - Inquiry II

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: A seminar that offers students the opportunity to apply the processes of nursing inquiry to the exploration of phenomena and contemporary theories of interest to nursing. Students integrate varied philosophical, theoretical, and methodological perspectives in designing dynamic approaches for the advancement of science in nursing.


NPHD9010 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a seminar in which students focus on quantitative research designs. In this seminar, students discuss varied approaches to examining nursing phenomena and identify appropriate designs for the research questions that are generated. Methods to operationalize variables are explored. Sampling and data collection strategies are analyzed and compared. Emphasis is placed on the development of scientific rigor in the research process as well as the ethical and professional standards for the conduct and reporting of research.


NPHD9012 - Introduction to Qualitative Methods

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on qualitative research relevant to the study of human phenomena of concern to nurses and provides an introduction to the assumptions, concepts, characteristics, and language of qualitative research. Philosophical Underpinnings for qualitative paradigms and research methods are presented that support the study of human phenomena. Published research serves as the basis for evaluating qualitative research methods.


NPHD9009 - Health Policy and Ethical Issues in Nursing Science

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar focuses on analysis of ethical issues and social, public and health policy in relation to the advancement of nursing science. Historical and current governmental activities, as well as social and ethical issues influencing health policy and nursing science are examined. Values and preferences that impact social choices within a pluralistic society are considered. The potential and realized contributions of nursing research to the development of health policy are analyzed and evaluated.


Multivariate Statistics I

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours

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Multivariate Statistics II

CREDIT HOURS: Three (3) graduate semester credit hours

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NPHD9030 - Proposal Seminar 

CREDIT HOURS: Two (2) graduate semester credit hours

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course facilitates the development of a dissertation proposal in a mentored environment. Students explore methods of inquiry in the area of their phenomenon of concern with particular attention to the research problem, theoretical foundations, research methods, and data management and analysis. Students are guided in the application of the fundamentals of scientific writing and critical analyses of the literature.


NPHD9035 - Dissertation Seminar 

CREDIT HOURS: One (1) graduate semester credit hour

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COURSE DESCRIPTION: The dissertation seminar runs concurrently with dissertation credit hours. In this seminar, all students who are working on dissertation will come together on a regular basis to discuss progress, problems, and lessons learned in order to progress in a timely manner through the dissertation process. The seminar is lead by a senior scientist with significant experience with dissertation advisement.