Wayne State University

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Established in 1975, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing program is designed to prepare researchers and scholars to provide leadership to the profession and discipline of nursing. The program emphasizes the development of the student’s capacity to make significant, original contributions to nursing knowledge.

The understanding that nursing provides services that help individuals, families, and communities achieve health drives the Ph.D. program. These services are based on systematic knowledge about human health and human-environment relationships. Particular attention is given to the kinds of human-environment relationships that are optimal for health. This systematic knowledge base is the foundation of nursing science.


The ultimate mission of the Wayne State University Ph.D. program in nursing is to improve the health of individuals, families, and groups living in urban environments through the impact of our research and the education of the next generation of nurse leaders. The program prepares nurse scientists and scholars capable of conducting research, generating theory, and creating new knowledge that advances the science and practice of nursing.


Director, Ph.D. Program
April Hazard Vallerand Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Academic Services Officer, Ph.D. Program
Kristen Salem