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A Message from the Dean

Kathy Matt

Over the past several months, we’ve watched as a vision became a reality for our College.

Five years ago, the University of Delaware purchased the site of a former auto assembly plant, with the vision that it could house a modern health sciences facility bringing together researchers and clinicians, faculty and students, UD and the larger community, to transform healthcare education and delivery in the First State.

That transformation is now well underway at the STAR (Science, Technology, and Advanced Research) Campus:

  • Our state-of-the-art Nurse Managed Health Center and the Delaware Physical Therapy Clinic are open to the public and providing research and clinical experience for our students.
  • Our core labs are buzzing with collaborative activity in areas ranging from pediatric mobility and orthopedic rehabilitation to cardiovascular health, muscle performance, and gait analysis.
  • We’re partnering with the greater community on research, education, and clinical practice.
  • The south end of the new complex will soon be open for tenancy by value-added partners in the health sciences field.
  • But we have to be careful not to focus too much on a new building and risk forgetting that our College is about so much more than the facility that houses us.

    Even before the new Health Sciences Complex opened its doors, our faculty and students were doing amazing things. Experiential learning sets us apart from other programs in health sciences through programs like First Step, Service Learning, Study Abroad, and interdisciplinary undergraduate research.

    We’re also fostering interprofessional training through unique offerings like our Healthcare Theatre Program.

    Our impact is tremendous, as we work with vulnerable populations including children with mobility disorders, Wounded Warriors, disaster victims, and people with Parkinson’s Disease.

    We invite you to engage with us as we forge innovative ways to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals, conduct research aimed at health and wellness, and develop new models of healthcare delivery.

    All the best,

    Kathleen S. Matt, Ph.D.
    Professor and Dean, College of Health Sciences
    Executive Director, Delaware Health Sciences Alliance

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