The College of Health Sciences consists of the School of Nursing as well as Behavioral Health and Nutrition; Kinesiology and Applied Physiology; Medical Laboratory Sciences; and Physical Therapy. The College is also home to the interdisciplinary Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) graduate program, which involves faculty from not only health sciences but also mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, computer science, and biological sciences.
School of Nursing
UD’s School of Nursing offers a rich environment for interdisciplinary research and a wealth of educational resources to refine each student’s learning. A nursing shortage has forced schools to explore a variety of venues and technologies to meet the challenges of today’s nursing workforce. At UD, we have taken advantage of this technology and information revolution and structured our programs not only to meet the needs of our state, but also to address the national nursing shortage.
Behavioral Health & Nutrition
With increasing understanding of the myriad benefits of a healthy lifestyle, coupled with nationwide attention on health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis, there is an abundance of opportunity and challenge for newly educated professionals in the fields of health behavior science, health promotion, health and physical education, and nutrition and dietetics. Programs in the Department of Behavioral Health & Nutrition focus on the psychosocial aspects of health, wellness, illness, and aging.
Kinesiology & Applied Physiology
Our nationally known faculty involve both undergraduate and graduate students in their research on topics ranging from osteoarthritis, kidney disease, and stroke to sport and rehabilitation biomechanics. The Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology offers strong academic programs in athletic training, exercise science, and strength and conditioning, with student access to state-of-the-art research laboratories, nationwide internship programs, and culturally enriching study abroad experiences.
Medical Laboratory Sciences
We offer two challenging and exciting undergraduate majors. Medical Laboratory Science is related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease through the understanding, application, and performance of clinical laboratory analyses. Medical Laboratory Science majors at UD gain a small-school learning experience within a university setting. The hands-on laboratory activities experienced on campus and at our 26 clinical affiliates give our students the competence needed to gain employment immediately upon graduation. The major prepares students for career entry into the clinical laboratory profession as well as a variety of biomedical employment opportunities. The Medical Diagnostics major is a clinical-oriented science program that incorporates the basic science courses required for admission to medical school with medical-related courses that impact the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. This major prepares students who plan to pursue post-graduate study in health-related areas immediately upon graduation.
Department of Physical Therapy
UD’s Department of Physical Therapy offers one of the highest ranked DPT programs in the country, a highly successful interdisciplinary PhD in biomechanics and movement sciences, and clinical fellowship programs for practicing physical therapists in sports, orthopedic, and geriatric physical therapy. In addition to our academic programs, we run two physical therapy clinics that provide outstanding rehabilitation services to the community while serving as educational settings for our students, fellows, and practicing clinicians.