Nursing and Healthcare Innovation, PhD



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Our team is happy to assist you with any questions that you may have. We will walk you through the necessary steps to ensure your application is thorough and complete.

Ross Andel

Interim Program Director


Christina Watkins

Program Coordinator, Sr.

(602) 496-0776


The Edson College PhD program in Nursing and Healthcare Innovation prepares students to design, conduct, and disseminate scientific research aimed towards solving complex health challenges, enhancing health and well-being, and promoting health equity across the lifespan. We accept students with nursing backgrounds as well as students from other related disciplines.

Mission Statement

We prepare scientists who co-create knowledge in partnership with individuals, families, and communities to enhance health and health equity. We do this in an environment that embraces transdisciplinary science to optimize innovation and discovery.

Vision Statement

Our graduates are visionary leaders whose research transforms health, healthcare, and social justice.

Our innovative PhD program will prepare you to pursue a career as a leader in research, education, and health policy with an emphasis on the generation and application of research and theory. The program will prepare you as a scholar with the inquiry skills of a researcher and the leadership skills necessary to influence health processes, outcomes, and policy. The majority of our graduates work in academic settings while others work in research or leadership positions in corporate hospital systems, clinics, and other healthcare organizations.


Program Format

The program is offered in a traditional on-site format and innovative, synchronous online delivery, designed to maintain our commitment to a highly mentored, interactive learning experience. A week of in-person, on-site immersion is required at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. During immersion, students discuss trending professional topics, participate with faculty in innovative panels and other presentations, and present their research at Scholars’ Day (spring). Students also attend the first class of the semester that week; some then return to their distant homes and attend online synchronous classes for the remainder of the semester. Others, who live locally, have the option of attending class face-to-face, which increases the opportunity for socialization and peer support, or they may attend synchronously online.