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 purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing program is:

  • To prepare scientists capable of generating rigorously tested knowledge that contributes to the positive development of individuals, families, communities, society and the discipline of nursing.
  • To prepare nursing scholars who will test, generate and extend knowledge related to individuals’, families’, and communities’ self-care and caregiving behaviors; and to extend knowledge of urban environments that influence and alter health, and reduce health disparities.
  • To prepare leaders for the discipline and profession of nursing.

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

Academic Services Officer, Ph.D. Program
Kristen Carney