The College of Health Sciences consists of the departments of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences; Medical Technology; and Physical Therapy as well as the School of Nursing. 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. Following approval by the UD Board of Trustees in May, 2010, the School of Nursing launches the state of Delaware's first PhD in Nursing Science Program in the fall of 2011 with an anticipated cohort of six students.
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 offer 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.
Department of Medical Technology
We offer a challenging and exciting undergraduate program in medical technology, a clinical laboratory science related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Medical technology majors at UD gain a small-school learning experience within a university setting. The hands-on laboratory activities experienced on campus and at our 22 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.
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.
Physical Therapy Clinical Services
In UD’s Physical Therapy Clinic, Delaware’s premier outpatient clinic, physical therapists, students, and researchers work together to offer cutting-edge PT treatment to patients who demand high-quality healthcare. We provide service to patients from the University community as well as the community at large by experienced, highly competent practitioners, as well as clinical education experiences for UD physical therapy students, including opportunities for clinical practice, clinical research, and specialized practical experiences. We specialize in five areas of care — sports medicine, orthopedics, neurologic, older adults, and pediatrics — at three clinics with staff that are among the most educated in the nation.