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How the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) is Helping Reduce Latino Health Disparities - Except in Florida and Texas

PhD or DNP?

I've been thinking about this topic for a long time.  It's one where I get the most questions from students about which doctoral degree to do in their future career path.

The short answer comes with questions: What do you want to do with your doctoral degree?  Do you want to design and conduct research?  Do you want to focus on applying and testing evidence in clinical practice?  Your answer to that question will determine your educational program choice.

Let's start with why you would choose a PhD. Around the world, everyone knows what a PhD is as a degree.  Doesn't matter where you got it from, with a PhD after your name people will recognize you spent a lot of time in school and must have passed some higher standard of educational preparation.  Outside the United States, except for maybe Canada, no one knows what a DNP degree is or what you can do with it.  It will take decades before that happens.  If you think you want a career with an internationally recognized c…