PhD In Nursing

PhD Nursing Alumnus

Enhancing Health Equity and Quality:
Populations and Policies 

The PhD program in nursing at the University of Massachusetts Boston with concentrations in population health and health policy prepares graduates as nurse leaders in addressing critical population health problems/conditions, and for leadership roles as policy analysts, researchers and educators. The program focuses on the intersection of nursing, population health, and health policy.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the PhD program, students will be able to:


Congratulations to the following new American Academy of Nursing inductees of 2017:

Associate Professor Dr. Teri Aronowitz




Teri Aronowitz, PhD, FNP (Department of Nursing Faculty and PhD Faculty Member)


Pat Noga





Pat Noga, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC (Alumna of the PhD in Nursing Program, CNHS)

Patricia M. Noga, Vice President, Clinical Affairs, of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA), provides strategic direction and leadership to MHA, its hospitals and health systems, and key stakeholders for a variety of programs and activities related to clinical issues, quality of healthcare, patient safety, the healthcare workforce, and healthcare emergency preparedness.

Dr. Noga leads the evolution of the acclaimed quality and safety initiative, PatientCareLink (PCL), transforming the site into a dynamic and transparent resource tool for consumers, providers and others. Currently, she leads the state in the continued implementation of the national quality improvement collaborative in Massachusetts hospitals, Hospital Improvement Innovation Network; in conjunction with the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Educational Trust. She also chairs MHA’s Substance Use Disorder Prevention and Treatment Task Force which issued Guidelines for Opioid Management in the Emergency Department and within the Hospital and Health System Setting.
Dr. Noga received her Associate in Liberal Arts degree from Elmira College and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Skidmore College. She received her Master of Business Administration degree from Suffolk University and her doctoral degree in health policy from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Noga is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and received the Brenda S. Cherry Doctoral Dissertation Award. She serves on the Board of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors. She also serves on the Board of the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI, NH & CT, and received ONL’s Elaine K. Sherwood Service Award.

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