Yale School of Nursing, Yale University's Graduate Nursing Programs

PhD Program

PhD ProgramDoctor of Philosophy Program
Yale University’s strength among doctoral programs in nursing is our focus on clinical research and health systems and policy research. The experience gleaned from that focus has produced a solid foundation for scholarship. At the Yale School of Nursing our scholarship has emphasized the interchange between practice and knowledge, based on the belief that theory develops from practice and, in turn, influences it. From the early 1960s when the Yale School of Nursing faculty reaffirmed their commitment to clinical practice and clinical research, we have made significant progress in support of these priorities. Yale’s commitment to the preparation of the next generation of scholars, educators, and clinical scientists is reflected in its commitment to strong research preparation within the Ph.D. program.

The Ph.D. program is administered by the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. For more information about the program, or to receive admissions information, please contact the Office of Admissions at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at 203-432-2771.

Download the 2013 PhD Program Handbook (.pdf).

YSN provides excellent pre- and postdoctoral opportunities, many of which are NIH-funded.

The application deadline is January 2. 

For more information, please contact:

To request more information about the program please visit: https://apply.nursing.yale.edu/register/PhD

Office of Admissions, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
graduate.admissions@yale.edu | 203-432-2771

Melissa A. Pucci | Director of Admissions at YSN
melissa.pucci@yale.edu | 203-737-2258

Robin Whittemore | Associate Professor and Director of PhD Program
robin.whittemore@yale.edu | 203-737-2351

Meet the YSN PhD students

Fields of Study

Fields include chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, HIV/AIDS); self- and family management; maternal and child health; policy and politics of health care; health equity and care of vulnerable populations; acute and critical care; children with mental health disorders; end-of-life and palliative care; environmental health; gerontology and long-term care; and school- and community-based interventions.