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Online Ph.D. Course Descriptions


NRPHD-705. Ethical Aspects of Research Involving Vulnerable Populations. This course is designed to provide an in depth analysis of the unique ethical aspects of conducting research with vulnerable populations. Students will identify and analyze ethical dilemmas which occur when research is needed but when the population presents unique considerations. Students will propose resolutions to these dilemmas which will facilitate the research while protecting the rights of the subjects. 2 s.h.

NRPHD-708.  Health Policy & Advocacy.  This course equips students with the skills necessary to develop, evaluate, and provide leadership in improving the health of the public through health policy development and the education of policy makers regarding nursing and patient outcomes.  Students will evaluate the health policy making processes and the disparities in both the U.S. and international health care delivery systems.  Students will use policy theory to critically evaluate the current and historic policies, laws, and financial incentives that affect health care delivery and nursing practice.  They will explore how health services research can motivate change in public health and policy making.  They will apply principles of organizational change and evaluate componenets of leadership necessary for public health improvement.  Students will participate in a selected health policy making process.  3 s.h.

NRPHD-710. Doctoral Toolbox Series:  I-Integrative Review. The Doctoral Toolbox Series (I-IV) provides an opportunity for socialization of students into doctoral work and the production of scholarly outcomes.  Students will use weekly discussion, videoconferencing, and downloadable guest lectures to build skills in the research process. This toolbox course is focused on developing the student's ability to create integrative reviews of the literature as a foundation for research.  1 s.h.

NRPHD-711. Doctoral Toolbox Series:  II-Publication. The Doctoral Toolbox Series (I-IV) provides an opportunity for socialization of students into doctoral work and the production of scholarly outcomes.  Students will use weekly discussion, videoconferencing, and downloadable guest lectures to build skills in the research process. This toolbox course is designed to examine the aspects of successfully writing for publication. 1 s.h.

NRPHD-712. Doctoral Toolbox Series: III-Dissertation. The Doctoral Toolbox Series (I-IV) provides an opportunity for socialization of students into doctoral work and the production of scholarly outcomes.  Students will use weekly discussion, videoconferencing, and downloadable guest lectures to build skills in the research process. This toolbox course is designed to examine the elements of successful dissertation development.  1 s.h.

NRPHD-713.  Doctoral Toolbox Series: IV-National Perspectives.  The Doctoral Toolbox Series (I-IV) provides an opportunity for socialization of students into doctoral work and the production of scholarly outcomes.  Students will use weekly discussion, videoconferencing, and downloadable guest lectures to build skills in the research process. This toolbox course is focused on national issues, professional socialization and leadership potential. 1 s.h.

NRPHD-715.  Introduction to Social & Applied Epidemiology.  The study of concepts, principles, and methods in applied and social epidemiology. Application in public health surveillance, outbreak investigation, health planning, and research. Critical analysis of epidemiologic studies with regard to implications for practice and research, with a focus on the social and economic determinants of chronic and infectious diseases and other health-related events. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-723. Special Topics in Nursing Science. A tutorial series on topics related to the advancement of nursing science that are of mutual interest for students and faculty members. Variable s.h.

NRPHD 724 Applied Statistical Methods for Nursing Research. This course provides a survey of descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in nursing research and a working knowledge of these statistical methods and their applications.  This course is intended for graduate and PhD students in the College of Nursing, but would also be of interest to graduate and PhD students in other clinical areas.  Topics include a review of measures of central tendency and variation, frequency distributions, confidence interval estimation, comparison of means and proportions, correlation, and simple linear regression.  Topics covered in depth include multiple regression and regression diagnostics, one-way and multi-way analysis of variance, and chi-square tests with an introduction to multiple multivariate regression, factor analysis (exploratory and confirmatory), path analysis, latent variable analysis, and structural equation modeling.  Students are expected to be able to identify and carry out appropriate statistical analyses, and to interpret results through statements of both statistical and clinical conclusions.  Students also receive instruction in the use of SPSS, a statistical software package.    4 s.h.

NRPHD/NURSM 725. Curriculum Development & Design.  This course focuses on the study of philosophical foundations and essential components of curriculum development. Examination of selected curriculum frameworks from philosophical and contextual perspectives will be undertaken. Construction of a curriculum package for diverse learners in a classroom, clinical, or simulation setting that reflects paradigmatic and contextual influences. Curriculum assessment and evaluation are discussed in the context of program, course, and student outcomes and objectives. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-727. Advanced Research Study Design and Methods. Students will synthesize and apply concepts from previous doctoral course work related to study design and method application in a specific disciplinary perspective and to further their research question. Students will examine and position their own research ideas in the context of the broader research pipeline: from basic sciences to clinical and nursing research, through health service and population research to implementation, translational, and improvement research. Participants will define the components of their chosen methodology and devise a plan for sampling, data collection, and the creation of a database that addresses the issues necessary for cleaning, coding, analysis, and interpretation. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-800. Mentored Teaching. This elective course will provide students with the opportunity to work with a faculty member in order to explore the role of educator. Students will identify their learning needs and specific activities will be designed with the faculty mentor. Prerequisite:  Enrollment in PhD program and NURSM 629 or equivalent.  1 - 9 s.h.

NRPHD-801. Advanced Quantitative Research Methods. Advanced study of quantitative methods, designs, and analyses in the study of nursing science. The goal is to facilitate the student's ability to integrate design and analysis in the study of nursing phenomena and apply these principles to the student's research interest. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-802. Knowledge Development in Nursing Science. Overview and critical analysis of historical and contemporary view of knowledge development in nursing science, with particular emphasis on the ways these views influence approaches to nursing inquiry. Emphasis on analyzing the underlying epistemological and ontological assumptions and implications for nursing knowledge. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-803. Scientific Inquiry. This course is designed to support the student's development of scientific inquiry and the processes that promote it. It is a focused examination of grantsmanship and the constructs essential to successful proposal construction. As an applied action course, it is conducted within the context of dialogue, review and critique. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-804. Knowledge Dissemination and Translation. Emerging knowledge from health care theory and research is analyzed from the perspective of strategies designed to reduce the burden of illness in society. Issues of research dissemination, innovation adoption, and behavior change are analyzed at the levels of the individual, family, community and health care system. Knowledge translation emanating from diverse disciplinary perspectives will be evaluated based on its impact on improving service delivery, changing patient/provider behavior, enhancing access to appropriate health care, and protecting and motivating treatment for vulnerable populations. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-805. Advanced Measurement Strategies. In depth study of the major techniques of quantitative data collection used in nursing research. Research techniques related to data collection by physiological instrumentation, observation, interview, and questionnaire will be explored. Reliability and validity issues will be discussed in depth. Students will develop and pilot test data collection strategies in each category. 3 s.h.

NRPHD-806. Advanced Qualitative Methods. This course is designed to provide critical analysis of qualitative methods in the development of nursing science. The course includes epistemology, philosophical assumptions, issues research planning process related to qualitative research methods, methods for data collection and analysis, and ethical issues. 3 s.h.

NRPHD 807. Advanced Applied Statistical Methods for Nursing Research.  This course provides the conceptual background and applied use of advanced multivariate statistics that are appropriate to Nursing Science in order to interpret the results of research studies that have utilized such methods as well as apply these analytical methods to students’ own data analysis as part of their thesis or dissertation research studies.  The multivariate statistical methods covered include: multiple multivariate regression, factor analysis (exploratory and confirmatory), and the overarching structural equation modeling.  Students will implement these analyses with SPSS/AMOS statistical software using current, large, and multi-dimensional research datasets with an emphasis on pre-analysis data screening and description.  At the end of the course, students are expected to be able to identify and carry out an appropriate statistical analysis and to interpret results through statements of both statistical and clinical conclusion.  Students also receive instruction in the use of the SEM statistical software package, AMOS which is bundled with SPSS.    3 s.h.

NRPHD 808. Mentored Health Policy and Advocacy. This elective course prepares future nurse leaders to advocate for health policy change and health issues locally, regionally and nationally. Students will identify their learning needs and specific activities will be designed with an expert mentor. Variable s.h. 1 - 6

NRPHD-810. Vulnerability and Resilience: Concepts, Theories, and Approaches. A seminar in the concepts and theories of individual and collective sources of human vulnerability and resilience, including the spectrum of social vulnerability, social determinants of health, and sources of health inequalities, risk, capacity, assets, and resilience in diverse populations. Readings, discussions, and learning activities will provide an analysis of concepts of vulnerability, related theories, global perspectives, and approaches to research with vulnerable populations, enabling potential investigators to frame research problems and health inequalities within a broader social and environmental context.

NRPHD 870. Residency I. The purpose of Residency I for new PhD students is to become oriented to the MUSC program, the faculty, research foci, peers, campus resources, and the online learning environment.

NRPHD 880. Residency II. The main purpose of the Residency II course for returning PhD students is to refine and solidify their research ideas through large group, small group, and individual activities.

NRPHD 890. Residency III. The purpose of Residency III course for PhD students who are nearing completion of course work is to refine and solidify research ideas and prepare for comprehensive exam and dissertation success.

NRPHD 971. Mentored Research. This required course provides students with the opportunity to work with a faculty member on a funded research project. This experience will provide hands on experience with many research skills to include subject recruitment, outcome testing, interrater reliability, interviewing, and data entry, analysis, and management. The student's personal goals and interests will be identified and linked with those of a faculty member in this interactive experience. Doctoral standing; Students must take the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Course (http://www.miami.edu/citireg) and give a copy of their certificate of completion to their mentor before beginning any component of this course. Variable s.h. 1-9.

NRPHD-990. Dissertation. Variable s.h. All.

NURSM 703. Instructional Processes.   This course covers development of a variety of teaching methodologies to enhance learning outcomes of diverse populations in the classroom, simulation, and clinical settings. Study of theories, principles, frameworks, and pedagogies for healthcare education. Examination of teaching strategies, learning activities, and evaluation strategies for the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs. Opportunity for application of evidence-based instructional and evaluation strategies in classroom, clinical, and simulation settings. 3 s.h.

NURSM 615. Methodologies of Online Teaching.   Study and application of the knowledge in creating an online course utilizing design rubrics. Methodologies of online instruction as well as evaluation will be included. Students will be introduced to course management platforms and other technology support systems. Opportunity for application of evidence-based strategies with an online educational offering.  3 s.h.

 
 
 

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