A Welcome from the Dean
Welcome to the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware, where research provides an evidence-based foundation for the education of the next generation of thought leaders and healthcare professionals.
Our College is also a place where partnerships play a key role in promoting health research and education. As executive director of the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance (DHSA) and co-director of UD’s health education partnership with Thomas Jefferson University, I can see firsthand the benefits that accrue when institutions share their assets and resources in working toward a common goal.
High quality undergraduate and graduate programs, research seed grant programs, and clinical research projects are enabling us to provide our students with classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences that are at once both broader and richer.
The field of health sciences encompasses a broad and dynamic collection of specialties, including medical technology, kinesiology, applied physiology, nursing, physical therapy, behavioral health and wellness, and nutrition. In each of our programs we create an experience that shapes changes in practice based on scientific evidence. Our approach is to translate our strong platform in interdisciplinary science into health practices, therapies, and interventions that result in immediate improvements in people’s lives.
Our students receive early immersion into practice settings and our faculty’s world-class research programs. As a result, our graduates are well prepared to pursue careers in various health professions, as well as to continue their education in one of the medical fields, or enter a field of graduate study to pursue scientific investigation. Our ultimate goal is to help our students excel in their chosen profession in the arena of health.
This is an exciting time at the University of Delaware and within the UD College of Health Sciences. We have efforts underway to offer new courses, develop new partnerships, open up new research opportunities, and launch new academic programs. We welcome your ideas for how to make these programs the best they can be and we invite you to partner with us as we work to create and implement them.
Kathleen S. Matt, PhD
Dean, College of Health Sciences
Professor, Health Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences