Office of Health Research

The Office of Health Research (originally the Center for Health Research), the first of its kind to be affiliated with an educational institution, was chartered in 1969 with Harriet Werley, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, as its first director.  Later that year, the first Research Day was held at the college for faculty and students to present their research findings.


The purpose of the OHR is to enhance and extend the academic activities of the College of Nursing (CON) by helping faculty and graduate students develop and conduct research that builds the scientific foundation for clinical practice, prevents disease and disability, manages and eliminates symptoms caused by illness, and enhances end-of-life and palliative care.  Conducted in the context of an urban environment, CON research focuses on advancing nursing science to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes across the lifespan among diverse individuals, families, and communities. 

OHR’s mission is to support faculty and graduate students in the development and conduct of research and scholarly activities that advance nursing science. OHR functions to create a research environment that promotes learning and scholarship; to enhance research productivity; and to assist faculty and graduate students in securing external funding to support research.

Finally, the OHR staff is happy to connect faculty and students with resources within the college, the university and the wider community that can help you identify professional development opportunities such as grant writing seminars and professional/academic development seminars, as well as publication and authorship information, and funding announcements.

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