The PhD dissertations demonstrate an in-depth understanding of policy or population health topics/issues that are relevant to the health and health care of individuals and families from diverse populations and/or urban communities. They demonstrate the candidate’s ability to effectively incorporate theoretical, conceptual, and methodological tools in addressing a substantive policy and/or population health issue. 

Students work closely with our renowned faculty experts in their area of focus who mentor them through the dissertation process.
Our graduates have been successful in addressing the following areas:

  • Healthcare policy analysis
  • Program evaluation, implementation and outcomes
  • Law enactment, implementation of standards, policies and procedures
  • Complementary and alternative medicine; faith and spirituality
  • Cardiovascular prevention and risk reduction
  • Advanced practice nursing roles and competences
  • Nurse work environment; recruitment, retention, and satisfaction
  • Home healthcare and hospital readmission for the elderly
  • Health disparities

Students have received pre-doctoral grants such as the R36 Dissertation Grant Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; awards from the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, and the Brenda Cherry Award from the Theta Alpha Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. Faculty and staff support is available to students for developing proposals to be submitted to external agencies and designed to support the dissertation research.

For a detailed list of dissertations, click here.