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

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

David Vlahov | Associate Dean for Research and Director of PhD Program | 203-785-2399

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

Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2019. However, we will be accepting applications no later than January 2, 2020.


Jane Dixon, PhD, Professor

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

Joan Kearney, PhD, PMHCNS, APRN-BC, Assistant Professor

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

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

Ann Kurth, PhD, CNM, MPH, FAAN, Dean and the Linda Koch Lorimer Professor 

Mark Lazenby, PhD, APRN, FAAN, Associate Professor 

Soohyun Nam, PhD, APRN, ANP-BC, Associate Professor

Carmen Portillo, PhD, RN, FAAN, Executive Deputy Dean and Professor

Nancy S. Redeker, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, Beatrice Renfield Term Professor

Lois Sadler, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, YSN and Yale Child Study Center and YSN Title IX Coordinator

David Vlahov, Associate Dean for Research and Director of PhD Program

Robin Whittemore, PhD, APRN, FAAN, Professor

Julie Womack, CNM, APRN, PhD, Associate Professor