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College of Nursing

Ph.D. in Nursing

Ph.D.: Advancing the profession through research

The Ph.D. program at the MSU College of Nursing is for those nurses who wish to become scientists while advancing their career — and the profession — through research and evidence-based nursing practice.

The college, specifically, focuses on two areas of research:

Symptom science development for self-management of chronic conditions

This includes how to reduce symptoms and promote self-management across the chronic illness continuum, as well as conducting translational research for evidence-based interventions.

Examples of current research areas:

  • The feasibility and efficacy of online meditation training for caregivers of patients with advanced cancer
  • Benefits of complementary therapies for symptom management among cancer patients
  • Development of a toolkit to help cancer patients better self-manage their treatment and symptoms


Health promotion and risk reduction

This includes the promotion of positive behavior change and conducting translational research which empowers individuals, families and communities to reduce risk.
Examples of current research areas:

  • Use of apps to promote exercise in at-risk populations
  • Promoting adolescent exercise to prevent weight problems or obesity
  • The impact of stress on childhood obesity 

Visit the Research section of the website for information on specific projects our researchers are undertaking.