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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.

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

Transculutural Nursing
The PhD with a specialization in Transcultural Nursing offers opportunities for students to pursue research in transcultural nursing and cultural care phenomena.  Students can focus on cultural phenomena specific to a particular culture or subculture.

Forensic Nursing
Doctoral work in forensic nursing focuses on the unique roles nurses can play in preventing violence and designing interventions that effectively mitigate the short- and long-term consequences of violence. This can include working with victims, perpetrators, families, communities, or at a policy level.

Programs of research of students and faculty members working in this area include the effect of student assistance programs on suicide attempts in college students, disaster preparedness training, health care needs of women recently released from jail, sexual assault on college campuses, and the effect of a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner programs on conviction rates, among others.

We welcome students to our program from all areas of the country and the world. We offer a rigorous online program that produces outstanding scholars who contribute to the advancement of nursing as they move forward in their professional practice. These unique opportunities to focus your doctoral work—which may include coursework, mentoring, and practical research experience—capitalize on the expertise of our faculty and the mission of Duquesne University and the School of Nursing.