GSN faculty and students are involved in research that spans the translational research spectrum including basic science, qualitative inquiry, observational studies, clinical trials, health services research and population health. Topic areas include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Care of Military Families and Veterans
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Wounded Warrior Wellness
  • Informatics
  • Trauma Anesthesiology
  • Fluid Resuscitation


MSN students partner with their DNP colleagues through the entire process of problem identification, literature review discovering the evidence validating the problem, exploration of evidence supporting a plan of action to resolve the issue, identification of analytical methods to measure outcome success, and finally the development of a formal proposal submitted for IRB/PI approval. Their DNP colleagues continue the project through project implementation and dissemination.


The GSN PhD Program in Nursing Science prepares military and federal nurse scientists and leaders. Graduates lead interdisciplinary teams who generate new knowledge that addresses unique military operational requirements with advances in science, technology and precision health to improve the lives of warfighters and federal beneficiaries. Research doctoral education (PhD) begins with advanced graduate coursework in foundational philosophy and theoretical approaches, advanced research methods and analyses, and specialty courses to develop substantive scientific expertise. The PhD culminates in a rigorous, independent research dissertation that generates original, novel, generalizable knowledge.


The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project expands students’ ability to apply critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and decision-making skills to clinical and systems-based problems. The project translates research into practice in the form of a practice or system improvement. Students identify inconsistencies, inefficiencies, or other issues within the clinical setting and propose a solution based on existing research. Results enhance students’ ability to resolve complex client health problems, and improve processes supporting safe, effective, patient-centered care.

The DNP project is organized by semester and each course provides the academic preparation needed to support advanced translational knowledge and the leadership skills needed to complete iterative elements of the evidence-based clinical practice and/or systems level projects. The DNP project is supported by a collaborative team consisting of the Course Coordinators, Senior Mentors (Committee Chairs), Team Mentors (Committee members), and Phase II Site Directors.