Research Focus Areas

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The PhD Research Focus Areas are based upon MU Sinclair School of Nursing PhD faculty research interests and expertise. Each PhD student selects one Research Focus Area upon which to focus. Research Focus Areas include Innovations to Improve Health & Health Systems, Wellness in Vulnerable & Underserved Populations, and Symptom & Health Behavior Science. Content related to these areas form the basis of the rotating Research Focus Area courses. Students are required to take at least one Research Focus Area Seminar course as part of their PhD coursework.

Innovations to Improve Health & Health Systems

Content and research interests of students selecting this focus area might include innovations in:

  • Assistive Technology
  • Care Coordination
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Human Factors
  • Informatics
  • Patient Safety
  • Quality Improvement

Wellness in Vulnerable & Underserved Populations

Content and research interests of students selecting this focus area might include:

  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Health Disparities 
  • High Risk Populations
  • Homelessness
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Stress Management in Pregnant Women

Symptom & Health Behavior Science

Content and research interests of students selecting this focus area might include:

  • Increasing Physical Activity
  • Improving Medication Adherence
  • Managing Symptoms During Cancer Survivorship
  • Optimizing Physiologic, Psychosocial & Physical Function
  • Overcoming Breastfeeding Barriers
  • Self-Management of Acute or Chronic Conditions