Two PhD Students are Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars
Three predoctoral scholars awarded prestigious Komen traineeships
PhD student receives prestigious American Cancer Society scholarship
Susan Williams, PhD, MSN, RN
Michele Talley, PhD, MSN, ACNP-BC
Jeannie Rodriguez, PhD, RN, FAAN

The PhD in Nursing at UAB is designed to prepare nurses as researchers, scholars, and leaders who will make a substantive contribution to the science of nursing.  The program builds on preparation at either the master's or baccalaureate level. Graduates of the PhD program are prepared to continue the trajectory towards becoming independently funded investigators whose work will ultimately improve healthcare outcomes for all patients.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

About the PhD


In line with the AACN report "The Research-Focused Doctoral Program in Nursing: Pathways to Excellence", the PhD Nursing program is designed to be a research intensive experience.  Students are strongly encouraged to attend full time and to collaborate with funded SON faculty.  Currently, 11 PhD full-time students are fully funded and working on a research team with their mentors.  The cost of tuition and fees can be covered for all students, both full and part-time.  Sources of support may come from a wide array of resources - NIH, HRSA, UAB Scholarships, UAB SON, etc.

It is through immersion in a research project that PhD students learn the multitude of skills and techniques required for the successful completion of a dissertation.  In addition, UAB is notable for a wide variety of interdisciplinary research centers and collaborations including the CCTS and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, who welcome participation from School of Nursing doctoral students.

AreasAreas of Science

Mentoring is at the heart of the PhD student experience. Applicants are encouraged to browse the Faculty Research Interest Pages to become familiar with our faculty's research expertise and identify those which most closely match their own research interests. We invite you to explore our currently funded research projects that are broken-out into our four core Areas of Science.

Chronic Illness    Health Disparities  
Intervention Research   Patient Safety & Nursing Work Environment


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The PhD in Nursing is a research-focused terminal degree designed to prepare nurse scientists for the roles of researcher, scholar, educator and leader. Graduates of the PhD program are thoroughly prepared to become independently funded investigators whose work will ultimately improve healthcare outcomes.


RWJ Scholars 2015Two PhD Students Named RWJF Future of Nursing Scholars

Jacqueline Bui, BSN, RN, and Anna Hoenig, BSN, RN, are among 46 nurses around the country this year to receive a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program award to support their PhD study.