Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Rated as one of the top five Doctor of Philosophy programs in the country, Yale’s PhD program is designed to prepare nurse scientists seeking to conduct cutting edge research that links to theory and clinical practice. Graduates are prepared for research and faculty positions in academic, clinical, and other settings where research skills are needed, and students have the opportunity to study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty to address the most pressing health problems of today. YSN provides exceptional pre- and post-doctoral opportunities, many of which are funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). These top-tier training programs include multidisciplinary behavioral research in Type 1 diabetes, along with self- and family-management of chronic illnesses. 

Fields of Study

Fields of study within the PhD program include chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, obesity cardiovascular disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS, sleep disorders), self- and family-management, maternal and child health, policy and politics of health care, global health, health equity and care of vulnerable populations, acute and critical care, end-of-life and palliative care, along with school- and community-based interventions.

More Information About the Program

The PhD program is administered by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. For more information about the admissions process please refer to Office of Admissions at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; or contact them by email at graduate.admissions@yale.edu.

To request more information about the program, please complete this form, or contact:

Robin Whittemore | Professor and Director of PhD Program

robin.whittemore@yale.edu | 203-737-2351

Several information sessions, including virtual and in-person meetings, are scheduled throughout the semester. Please check the website for more information on these opportunities.

The application deadline is January 2.

Faculty

Wei-ti Chen, RN, CNM, DNSc, Assistant Professor


Jane Dixon, PhD, Professor

Marjorie Funk, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Professor

Margaret Grey, DrPH, PhD, RN, FAAN, Annie Goodrich Professor

Holly Powell Kennedy, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, Interim Dean and Helen Varney Professor of Midwifery

M. Tish Knobf, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, Chair of the Division of Acute Care & Health Systems

Mark Lazenby, PhD, APRN, FAPOS, Assistant Professor 

Ruth McCorkle, PhD, RN, FAAN, Florence S. Wald Professor of Nursing

Nancy S. Redeker, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Professor

Nancy Reynolds, PhD, RN, C-NP, FAAN, Professor

Lois Sadler, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor

Allison Shorten, PhD, RN, RM, FACM, Associate Professor

Jacqueline Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor

Robin Whittemore, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Professor

Julie Womack, CNM, APRN, PhD, Assistant Professor