PhD in Nursing Research

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The University of Cincinnati's PhD in Nursing is an on-campus program that prepares students to advance the science of nursing through rigorous research. Core courses in scientific methods, philosophy of science, theory, health policy, statistics and synthesis of knowledge provide the foundation for study.

The rich learning environment of our program includes:

  • Scholarship and funding opportunities
  • One-on-one mentorship with experienced research faculty
  • Interprofessional collaboration opportunities through the Academic Health Center and university at large
  • Strong research support through our Institute for Nursing Research and Scholarship
  • Small cohorts that promote collegiality, stimulating dialogue and scholarly growth
  • The option to add a Nurse Educator Certificate to your degree

The program accepts bachelor's- and master's-prepared nurses, along with individuals with a degree in a science-related field.

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Research Focus Areas

Students applying to the PhD program should have research interests that fit within one of the following research focus areas in the program:

  • Vulnerable populations and health disparities
  • Violence
  • Chronic and co-morbid conditions
  • Aging
  • Education
  • Occupational Health

Optional Nurse Educator Certificate

If teaching nurses is part of your career plan, learn about program development, assessment, evaluation and other aspects of the educational process by adding a Nurse Educator Certificate to your degree.

The certificate requires only four online courses (12 credit hours) in addition to your curriculum to gain skills that will prepare you as a future educational leader in academic settings.


Contact the Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or