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Online Ph.D. Course Descriptions

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-730. Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science. Overview and critical analysis of historical and contemporary views of knowledge development in science, with particular emphasis on the way these views influence approaches to nursing inquiry. Emphasis is placed on analyzing concepts and theories of individual and collective sources of human vulnerability and resilience, and the social determinants of health in diverse populations. Course activities will facilitate exploration of the iterative process of scientific inquiry from knowledge generation through implementation on improved equity in health outcomes of diverse populations. 3 s.h.
NRPHD-732. Health Policy and Advocacy in Research. This course is an overview of the skills necessary to develop, evaluate, and provide leadership to improve the health of the public through health policy development, analysis and advocacy regarding nursing and patient outcomes.  Students will review the health policy-making processes for specialty areas such as policies addressing health disparities, care for the elderly, advance nursing practice expansion, and research advocacy. Students will discuss policy theory where applicable, current 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 leadership necessary for public health improvement and participate in a selected health policy analysis or development process. 1 s.h.
NRPHD-734. Research Team Leadership. The course explores foundational concepts of the leadership role in the research environment.  Students evaluate their own leadership potential and desire. They use readings and participate in weekly postings to apply strategies for achieving successful outcomes in diverse research teams. 1 s.h.
NRPHD-736. Ethical Issues in Research. This course examines the ethical aspects of the conduct of research, primarily from the Belmont Report, as they apply to diverse vulnerable populations. This course is designed to provide an analysis of ethical aspects of conducting research with vulnerable populations. Students will identify and analyze ethical dilemmas related to equity, inclusion, and bias that may contribute to disparities in human subjects research. Students will propose resolutions to these dilemmas that will facilitate the research while protecting the rights of the subjects/participants. 1 s.h.  
NRPHD-738. Statistical Methods for Nursing Research. This course is designed to provide a conceptual background and applied use of advanced statistics used in nursing and health science with the goal of completing a statistical analysis and interpreting results. The advanced statistical methods covered include: complex analysis of variance, multiple regression, logistic regression, multiple correlation analysis, path analysis, and factor analysis. Students will conduct these analyses with SPSS statistical software using research datasets.  Students will interpret results through statements of statistical and clinical conclusions with an emphasis on cultural variations, diverse populations, and potential for describing disparities. 3 s.h.
NRPHD-740. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research. This course is designed to provide an introduction to and critical analysis of qualitative and mixed methods in the development of nursing and health science. The course includes epistemology, philosophical assumptions, issues in research planning process related to qualitative research methods, differentiation between types and purposes of qualitative study designs, and methods for data collection and analysis.  The course attends to ethical issues with an emphasis on cultural variations, diverse populations, and potential for describing disparities. 3 s.h.
NRPHD-742. Advanced Measurement Strategies for Vulnerable Populations. This course allows 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 are explored, as well as how they are adapted to vulnerable and disparate populations.  Reliability and validity issues will be discussed in depth.  Students will develop and pilot test data collection strategies in a selected category and will consider methods for addressing vulnerable and/or disparate groups and addressing cultural competence. 3 s.h.
NRPHD-744. Application of Theory to Research. This course builds upon foundations constructed in the first theory course to further explore and develop the theoretical foundation of a research question and problem. Course activities will encourage potential researchers to identify and understand theoretical perspectives appropriately aligned with a specific research problem.  Students determine the position of the proposed problem in the research pipeline resulting in a synthesis document that shapes their area of inquiry. Emphasis will be placed on developing a theoretical approach that takes into consideration the social and cultural variations and needs of diverse populations. 3 s.h.
NRPHD-746. Advanced Study Design and Methods in Research. This course is designed to identify and apply appropriate study design and associated methods, including articulation of proposed research significance and innovation. Using concepts from social and applied epidemiology and statistics, this course will prepare students to define the rationale for their study design and components of the chosen methodology, as well as issues that may affect the internal and external validity of their study findings. Students will position their research ideas in the context of the broader research pipeline: from basic science discoveries through implementation and dissemination of research findings. The course will focus on common study designs found in descriptive, observational, quasi-experimental and experimental research, as well as measures of association and procedures for data collection, management and analysis. Multi-level and ecological study effects will also be introduced, along with the expectations of mixed methods research.  Emphasis on methods to ensure validity and reliability of study results, identify limitations of potential study designs, and practical procedures for protocol implementation. The course is intended to provide students with comprehensive skills for designing and conducting research. 3 s.h.
NRPHD-748. Proposal Development. This course aims at synthesizing the student’s research interest and course work, leading towards the dissertation.  Students focus on their dissertation topic, developing aims, hypotheses, and their research plan, including analytical approaches while addressing diversity, equity, disparities and vulnerable populations as appropriate. Course activities will facilitate critical reflection on issues of equity, inclusion, and bias related to the study sample.  Students work in groups as they develop their dissertation proposals, critiquing others and learning to value constructive critique themselves. In addition students work closely with their chair and committee throughout the semester.  The final project of this course will be an oral defense of the dissertation proposal. 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 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 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 ( 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 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.

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-713. 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.


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