Georgetown School of Nursing Launches Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Program

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(July 1, 2022) — Georgetown University School of Nursing announces its new PhD in Nursing program, a premier doctoral program designed for individuals seeking to advance the discipline and those they serve in academic, community health, health care, policy, global and research settings.

The program, launching in fall 2023, will draw upon the interdisciplinary and intellectual richness of the globally recognized, values-based Georgetown community to address the critical topics of racial and social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion by preparing future nursing leaders to approach research through interdisciplinarity and the innovative intersections of practice, research, service and teaching.

“The PhD in Nursing is an expression of the school’s mission-based commitment to advance nursing science with an integrated and intentional curriculum in health equity and ethics,” says Roberta Waite, EdD, PMHCNS, RN, MSN, ANEF, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing.

“The PhD in Nursing will prepare local, national and global nurse scientists and scholars to lead in discovery, translation and dissemination in order to promote health equity, ethics and social justice for all,” she adds.

Nursing PhD students work with faculty who have expertise in multidimensional and complementary areas — for example, health disparities and equity, ethics, mental health, women’s health, cardiovascular conditions, oncology and physiology — and across practice settings.

“The PhD in Nursing program at Georgetown will immerse future nurse scholars and leaders in our globally recognized, intellectually vibrant community across diverse research areas and academic disciplines such as ethics, law, philosophy and policy,” explains program director Kelley M. Anderson, PhD, FNP, CHFN, associate professor of nursing.

A PhD program with a focus on social justice distinguishes it from other graduate programs, says Edilma Yearwood, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN, associate professor of nursing and the dean’s senior advisor for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, and anti-racism.

“We will educate the next generation of nurse scientists to advance new knowledge with a deep appreciation of how values-based questions frame their work,” Yearwood says.

Applications are now being accepted through December 1, 2022, for the fall 2023 class. Prospective PhD students can request more information here. Please direct questions about the PhD in Nursing program and admissions process to