Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs)
Education in nursing science at the University of Turku Faculty of Medicine first started in 1986. The Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs) was established in 2004, and again 2013. DPNurs is responsible for the doctoral education in health sciences in the University of Turku.
The first doctoral dissertation was examined and accepted in 1990, and by the end of the year 2016 a total of 110 PhDs and 33 licentiate degrees had been awarded in health care/health sciences to graduates majoring in nursing science. There are about 75 active Doctoral Candidates in the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science.
The Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science is a part of the University of Turku Graduate School UTUGS and a part of the Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Education Unit. It is also part of the Finnish Doctoral Education Network in Nursing Science which is currently coordinated by the University of Tampere.
The Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science (DPNurs) provides systematic doctoral education in the field of the nursing science. DPNurs covers central research fields in nursing science: the value basis and ethics in nursing, clinical nursing science, gerontological nursing science and research in health care organisation connected with them and health care education. DPNurs educates high-level researchers and experts in nursing science who promote innovative and scientifically competent research in different fields of nursing science, nursing and health care.
Furthermore, the Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science has close cooperation with the European Academy of Nursing Science, International Collaboration of Nurse Scholars (ICoNS) and Baltic Sea Region Network in Personalized Health Care. Doctoral Candidates can also take advantage of the Department’s collaboration through the Erasmus programmes and other international contacts. The Department has a bilateral agreement of cooperation with the University of Lisbon for the development of postgraduate education in nursing science.
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Professor, PhD, RN
Helena Leino-Kilpi
Tel. +358 50 342 4384
​Vice Director
Professor, PhD, RN
Riitta Suhonen
Tel. +358  50 435 0662

Jenni Kankaanpää
Tel. +358 50 572 3219

Sanni Grönlund
Tel. +358 29 450 2368

Department of Nursing Science
FI-20014 University of Turku