Research is vital to the college’s mission as a premier, urban, academic, collegial nursing community that is engaged in transforming health-care delivery and health-care policy, and promoting wellness from rural to urban communities, for patients in need of prenatal care to elder care.

Research Focus

The College of Nursing fulfills its research mission daily through one of the most robust scientific research operations at the university. The college’s research potential is nurtured through the efforts of our nursing scientists, undergraduate and graduate-level research assistants and the Harriet H. Werley Center for Nursing Research (WCNRE).

Graduate and undergraduate students work alongside nursing faculty in creating bold and effective solutions for advancing local, national and global health. But our national and global perspectives and research expand the reach and relevancy of our work in key areas of nursing research and health care:

  • Geriatric Health Care Research
    College of Nursing faculty are leaders in research, theory, teaching and practices in geriatric health care – a field that’s rapidly expanding its relevance, impact and employment opportunities as baby boomers age and life expectancies increase worldwide. New faculty and students with an interest in geriatrics might work closely with the Self Management Science Center.


  • Global Health
    Through the College of Nursing and the Center for Global Health Equity, research efforts are focused on achieving health equity. Leaders in Global Health have expertise in HIV/AIDS prevention, maternal, reproductive and child health, gender-based violence and women’s empowerment, examining and addressing social, economical and political determinants of health on a global level, with a major focus on East Africa, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia.


  • Healthcare Delivery and System Development
    Faculty research engages in the implementation sciences with the goal to develop thought-provoking research and scholarship in the areas of Delivery and Development. This includes:

    • Policy
    • Informatics
    • Safety
    • Quality
    • Innovation
    • Leadership


  • Community-Engaged Health Research
    Through Community-Engaged Health Research (CEHR) projects, UWM College of Nursing faculty, staff and students actively seek to involve community residents as partners in research. We recognize the unique strengths that these collaborators bring to the research process as they help us to identify and refine research questions of interest and community impact.We employ innovative methodologies that combine knowledge with action and stimulates change to improve expand knowledge, improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities.


  • Self-Management Science Center
    Individuals and families stay healthier longer when they have the awareness and the tools to monitor their own health. Quality of life can go up, and healthcare costs can go down say College of Nursing researchers at the forefront of this relevant, multi-methodological center for the study of patient self-management. Visit the Self-Management Science Center.