Courses

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NUR 3066 2 State of the Science in Cancer Survivorship

The cancer survivorship research emphasis seminar focuses on synthesis of the empirical evidence in cancer survivorship and critical evaluation of theories from multiple disciplines underlying this research. Students will examine controversies and methodological issues associated with investigations of the physical, psychological and social responses to cancer and cancer therapy and discuss innovations in cancer survivorship research. Emphasis will be placed on the examination of the influence of underrepresented populations on research in cancer survivorship. Theoretical foundations and mechanistic processes are the focus, although issues in measurement, considerations for intervention development, analytics and implications for clinical application will also be examined. Emphasis is placed on the identification, critical review, analysis, and integration of key theoretical concepts and relationships in cancer survivorship.

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NUR 3067 2 State of the Science in Women’s Health

This course focuses on the critical appraisal and synthesis of empirical evidence relevant to science in the area of women’s health. Theoretical foundations and mechanistic processes are the focus, although issues in measurement, considerations for intervention development, analytics and implications for clinical application will also be examined. Emphasis is placed on the identification, critical review, analysis, and integration of key theoretical concepts and relationships in women’s health and their implications for the student’s own area of research.

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NUR 3068 2 State of the Science in Symptom Science

This course focuses on the critical appraisal and synthesis of empirical evidence relevant to symptom science. Theoretical foundations and mechanistic processes and outcomes are the focus, although issues in measurement, considerations for intervention development, analytics and implications for clinical application will also be examined. Emphasis is placed on the identification, critical review, analysis, and integration of key theoretical concepts and relationships in symptom science and their implications for the student’s own area of research. 

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NUR 3069 3 State of the Science: Advanced Topics in Human Genetics

This course focuses on the critical appraisal and synthesis of empirical evidence relevant to science in the area of human genetics. Theoretical foundations and mechanistic processes are the focus, although issues in measurement, considerations for intervention development, analytics and implications for clinical application will also be examined.
Emphasis is placed on the identification, critical review, analysis, and integration of key theoretical concepts and relationships in advanced human genetics and their implications for the student’s own area of research.
Clinical aspects of genetic disorders including diagnosis, current standard treatment, available gene testing and molecular therapy, ethical/cultural issues, support group availability and the state of current research in the field will be explored.

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NUR 3112 3 Applied Parametric and Non-Parametric Statistics for the Health Sciences 1

This course develops skill in parametric and nonparametric applications of descriptive and inferential statistics to health sciences research. The concept of parametric and non-parametric statistics is covered.  Parametric tests for comparing means include one-sample z and t-tests, and independent and related samples t-tests. Methods for checking parametric test assumptions are presented, and remedies for assumption violations explored, including non-parametric alternatives for these tests. Software for statistical analyses will be introduced along with data examples from health science research.

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NUR 3112 3 Applied Parametric and Non-Parametric Statistics for the Health Sciences 1

This course develops skill in parametric and nonparametric applications of descriptive and inferential statistics to health sciences research. The concept of parametric and non-parametric statistics is covered.  Parametric tests for comparing means include one-sample z and t-tests, and independent and related samples t-tests. Methods for checking parametric test assumptions are presented, and remedies for assumption violations explored, including non-parametric alternatives for these tests. Software for statistical analyses will be introduced along with data examples from health science research.

 

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NUR 3113 3 Applied Parametric and Non-Parametric Statistics for the Health Sciences 2

This course develops skill in parametric and nonparametric statistical applications to factorial designs in health sciences research. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) for normally distributed outcomes is the parametric approach presented. Methods for checking parametric test assumptions are presented, and remedies for assumption violations explored, including non-parametric alternatives for this test including empirical resampling techniques (bootstrapping) and rank-based tests. Software for statistical analyses will be introduced along with data examples from health science research.

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NUR 3114 3 Applied Regression for Health Science Research

This course covers classical and more modern regression analysis methods with application to the health sciences. A major focus is simple and multiple linear regression and its underlying assumptions for valid inference.  Remedial strategies will be presented for regression when nonstandard conditions exist. Predictive modeling using nonlinear regression methods, regression trees, and rule-based models will be introduced. Implementation of regression using statistical software will be presented using data examples from health science research.

 

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NUR 3285 3 Philosophical Underpinnings of Nursing Research (PhD

This course explores the evolution, fundamental assumptions and dominant themes underpinning the philosophies of science. The focus will be on the intersections between various approaches to metatheoretical perspective, theoretical thinking, scientific inquiry, and knowledge development. The philosophical debate underlying science and knowledge development will be investigated. The current state of nursing science, ways of knowing, knowledge generation models, criteria for causation, and argumentation will be explored.

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NUR 3286 3 Theoretical Foundations of Research (PhD Core 2)

This course focuses upon the relationship of theory to research with an emphasis on the role of theory in the design and interpretation of research. The relationship between the development of science and theory is stressed. Attention is given to the evaluation of theory, the utility of theories in research, and the comparison of research strategies from various theoretical perspectives and the contribution of effect size.  Emphasis is placed upon midrange, multidisciplinary theories relevant to clinical research.

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NUR 3287 3 Research Design and Methods (PhD Core 3)

This course is a core component and foundational to the dissertation process and the program of research. The course provides a compendium of qualitative and quantitative research methods and study designs appropriate for studying health care phenomena. The emphasis of the course is on the interrelationship between clinical problems, literature reviews, research questions, study designs, and methods of inquiry and analysis.

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NUR 3288 2 Research Measurement (PhD Core 4)

This course focuses on quantitative approaches to analyze reliability, validity, and sensitivity of measurements in health research. Classic and emerging measurement theories will be discussed. Principles of psychometrics, including reliability and validity, and latent variable-based measurement models such as exploratory factor analysis will be discussed and applied by students to evaluate the reliability and validity of research instruments. Emphasis is placed on understanding the interrelationship of study aims, design and methods in outcomes measurement.

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NUR 3289 2 Intervention Development (PhD Core 5)

This course focuses on an analysis of the relationship between intervention theory and the development of intervention protocols. In-depth exploration of selected programs of research will be used to generate and evaluate theories and intervention protocols. Methodological and practical issues in the design and implementation of theory-based intervention studies will be examined.

 

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NUR 3290 3 Advanced Quantitative Analytic Methods Seminar (PhD Core 6)

This course focuses on the application of advanced quantitative statisticalmethods used in research. Aspects of methodology relevant to statistical analysis such as design, sampling, statistical power, sample size, and significance will be conceptually integrated with data analysis. Statistical strategies popular in other research areas will be explored for their utility in answering research questions and/or testing hypotheses in nursing.
3 credits seminar (1.5 hours classroom, 1.5 hours classroom, 1.5 hours supervised lab, 6 hours independent lab)

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NUR 3291 2 Responsibilities and Activities of Scientists 1 (PhD Core 7)

This seminar addresses the moral and ethical agency of a nursing scientist in the health professions, developing knowledge and skills to act ethically. First the course will cover multiple challenges of conducting research including ethical issues, health policy, scientific freedom and social responsibility, collaboration and negotiation, and interdisciplinary responsibilities. Next, key issues in conducting responsible science and human subject protection will be covered, including the conduct of culturally competent scholarship. Lastly issues in nursing leadership including valuing and upholding the caring nature of professional practice and advocacy for, and valuing the needs and concerns of patients/families will be addressed.

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