PhD Areas of Interest

Founded in 1878 to educate new immigrants to Pittsburgh, development of the mind, heart and spirit is foundational to a Duquesne education. These values embody and give life to the curriculum, the classroom, online and residency experiences and are especially visible in our relationships with each other. In the School of Nursing, faculty and staff work collaborative with PhD students to develop and deepen nursing science. Much of our special focus and expertise in scholarship and research involve working with vulnerable populations, persons who experience health disparities, immigrants and refugees, and persons in the penal justice system. Our sustained commitment to transcultural understanding and social justice make Duquesne students, faculty and graduates citizens of the world.

Cognate Courses

To support and augment the important focus and philosophy of our program, we offer a variety of online cognate courses. The cognates offer a breadth and depth of knowledge to inform the dissertation and launch a research trajectory.

Cognate course opportunities include: (Students can choose two from this list but are not limited to these selections)

School of Nursing courses:

  • Transcultural and Global Health Perspectives
  • Research and Theory in Health Behavior
  • Forensic Science and the Legal System
  • Criminal Law and the Courts
  • Advanced Forensic Nursing I - Theory and Practice
  • Advanced Forensic Nursing II - Program Development Leadership and Policy

Center for Healthcare Ethics courses:

  • Multicultural Society and Health Care Ethics
  • Global Bioethics
  • Public Health
  • End of Life
  • Ethics of Care
  • Genetics
  • Clinical Ethics

PhD Concentrations

Each concentration is designed to complement yur current professional practice and to personalize your approach to teaching and patient care.

Nursing Education & Faculty Role Concentration
Develop teaching competencies through active engagement in courses that focus on designing innovative curricula and evaluating outcomes; apply learning theories in practice; assess classroom and clinical learning; and develop, implement, and evaluate classroom and simulation teaching plans.The Nursing Education Concentration also meets the eligibility criteria for the NLN sponsored Certified Nurse Educator designation.

Coursework
GNED 507 Foundations in Education Theory for Professional Practice Disciplines 3 Credits
GNED 522 Innovative Curriculum Design and Evaluation 3 Credits
GNED 532 Emerging Trends and Innovations in the Teaching of Nursing 3 Credits

Transculutural Nursing
Bridge the gap between culture and healthcare.Transcultural care emphasizes and embraces the emotional and spiritual connections that influence healthcare decisions. You will learn how to view patient preferences through a new lens that significantly impacts patient care outcomes. This advanced perspective can help you make a difference with vulnerable populations where you live and work, as well as around the world.

Coursework
GPNG 908 Advanced Population Health 3 Credits
GPNG 917 Transcultural Care and Global Health Perspectives 3 Credits
GPNG 921 Foundations of Social and Distributive Justice in Health Policy 3 Credits

Forensic Nursing
It's one thing to collect evidence, it's another to know how to communicate what the evidence means -- Learn how to do exactly that with the potential to become a trusted expert when evaluating crimes like sexual abuse, physical assault, and accidental or intentional death.From detail-oriented analysis to court depositions that lead to prosecutions, this concentration will prepare you for a role in the criminal justice system and to be eligible to sit for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) certification exam.

Coursework
GNFO 518         Criminal Law and the Courts 3 Credits
GNFO 519 Advanced Forensic Nursing I: Theory and Practice 3 Credits
GNFO 520 Advanced Forensic Nursing II: Program Development, Leadership & Policy 3 Credits