Georgia Regents University Summerville and Health Sciences Campuses (specifically the libraries and JSAC) will resume regular weekend operating hours on Sunday, Feb. 16 in preparation for normal student activities and classes on Monday, Feb. 17.

The Urban Bush Women performance scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 PM at the GRU Augusta Maxwell Theatre on the Summerville Campus, will take place as scheduled.

The Jaguars’ Peach Belt Conference basketball doubleheader with Columbus State (originally scheduled for Thursday) will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. in Christenberry Fieldhouse on the Forest Hills Campus.

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 The PhD in Nursing Program

The PhD in Nursing Program prepares nurse scientists for research-intensive academic careers. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary knowledge development and dissemination through biobehavioral nursing research. Our faculty are involved in ground-breaking research in such vital areas as health disparities, cancer prevention and control, cardiovascular risk reduction, and smoking cessation.

Our PhD program is designed for advanced students interested in working closely with faculty mentors in nursing and related disciplines within the context of established programs of research.

This program prepares graduates to:

  • Critically evaluate behavioral and biological theories of health and illness.
  • Generate, test, and extend knowledge of linkages between behavioral and biological dimensions of health and illness.
  • Design basic and clinical nursing studies to investigate behavioral and biological phenomena within a selected area.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary approaches to generate and apply scientific knowledge.
  • Apply leadership strategies to address ethical, political, economic, and socio-cultural issues in nursing.

Health Outcomes - Emphasizes clinical outcomes research with a focus on the development of evidence-based knowledge explicating the behavioral and biological outcomes of nursing interventions for vulnerable populations.

Health Disparities - Addresses genetic, biological, social, psychological, and environmental determinants of health disparities with a special focus on populations in the Southeastern U.S.

Health Provider Performance and Patient Safety - Promotes patient safety through an increased understanding of the interaction between heath care providers and their environment.

We offer our PhD students:
  • An opportunity to engage in ground-breaking research in such vital areas as health disparities, cardiovascular risk reduction, cancer treatment/prevention, diabetes treatment/prevention and smoking cessation. (Learn more about our faculty researchers)
  • Access to a wide range of service to support their research interests through our Center for Nursing Research.
  • Avenues to advance their research interests through our Interdisciplinary Simulation Center and through the Georgia Regents University's centers and institutes such as the new Cancer Research Center.
  • Excellent opportunities to collaborate with world-class researchers in a dynamic, resource-rich health sciences university environment. (Learn more...)
  • Research mentoring, assistantship opportunities, and an exceptional financial package.
  • The latest in classroom technology in a new, state-of-the-art facility.


Fall Semester 2014 Application
Deadline: February 1
(Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.)

Faculty Research


- Admission Requirements

- Curriculum

- Tuition and Fees



Elizabeth NeSmith, PhD, APRN-BC
Program Director

Sarah Thomas, BA
Program Manager

(T) 706-721-4862


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