About the Program
Teachers College was the first academic setting to educate nurses. Nursing education began at Teachers College in 1899. The Nursing Education Program has a long and distinguished tradition of commitment to the education of nurses who have diverse roles in academic and community settings in the United States and abroad. Current placement of the program within the Department of Health and Behavior Studies ensures education with an interdisciplinary approach to problems in nursing, health, and society. This program is designed for:
- Nurse practitioners with master’s degrees who want to take the lead in developing innovative interventions for improving health behavior outcomes in primary care;
- Nurse educators with master’s degrees who want to gain more expertise in all aspects of education, including gaining the research skills that all faculty of the 21st century will be expected to have; and (3) Clinical specialists with master’s degrees who want to improve their effectiveness in helping patients with chronic illness achieve maximal functioning.
The purpose of this program is to give students who are registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing doctoral-level education aimed at understanding and changing health behavior. It is well established that over 50% of mortality of U.S. citizens can be attributed to lifestyle. With the globalization of the marketplace and of epidemics of infectious diseases, lifestyle and health behavior also significantly affect the health and well-being of much of the world’s population. Graduates of this program will be prepared to design interventions and conduct research on health behavior, health education, and health promotion. In addition, graduates of the program will be conversant with theory and current trends in nursing so that they can use nursing knowledge and expertise to improve the health and well being of the citizens of the United States and of the global community.
To ensure that knowledge in nursing and in health behavior and health promotion is passed on to the next generation of nurses, graduates of this program will also be prepared to engage in educationally sound programs for nursing students and for clients. Graduates of the program will thus be able to take their place among distinguished nursing leaders who carry out cutting-edge research and engage in innovative strategies for teaching clients to modify their health behavior.
In order to build on previous work done by nurses and other investigators in the health behavior arena, students will attain a background in the study of nursing theory, nursing research, and professional issues affecting the nursing profession. In addition, students will gain expertise in managing health behavior change and in using research and statistical approaches. Study of methods and approaches to teaching clients and to teaching nursing students at undergraduate and graduate levels will be included as an integral part of the preparation of nurse scholars. Students also are expected to demonstrate the ability to appreciate, relate to, and communicate with ethnically, racially, and linguistically diverse individuals who possess different personal, social, and cultural histories than their own.