Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Better health through education and research

Our Mission and Vision
 

Mission

As the academic health center in the State, the mission of the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences is to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals in a collaborative inter-professional learning environment, provide accessible, innovative health and wellness care services and explore ways to improve health outcomes through science, technology and advanced research.

Vision

To be known as an inclusive and engaging community that cultivates learning, creates trans formative knowledge and promotes the health status and quality of life for all people.

Our research programs are comprised of multidisciplinary teams of scientists who address health and human illnesses using basic science, clinical, behavioral and community-based research approaches. Our research programs focus on diseases associated with neurological disorders, orthopedics, cardiovascular, cancer and women & children’s health.

These programs are supported by core facilities that promote access to patient populations and provide technological support and technical expertise.


Our goal is to perform cutting edge research that helps patient populations attain and maintain a reasonable standard of health. In short, we want to engage in the type of research that can help patient populations stay out of the hospital and maintain their health and independence.

 

A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences.

Your journey will take you through many twists and turns, but follow the path with intention and know that you are going to help shape the future of healthcare delivery for the rest of your lives. Today, more than ever, healthcare is being delivered by interprofessional teams. These teams drive person-centered care in clinics, hospital systems, the community, schools and more. Through experiential learning and global opportunities during your time at UDCHS, you are going to explore where healthcare delivery will be able to take you and shape your passion. Whether that’s at the forefront of cancer diagnostics, delivering care in a hospital or long-term care facility, leading the charge in value-based models of prevention and wellness or delivering an exercise prescription to friends and neighbors with chronic disease, UDCHS will unleash your potential and help prepare you to be a next-generation healthcare leader. Wherever your journey takes you, please know there are hundreds of thousands of Delawareans and hundreds of millions around the country that will be relying on you for their care.

You are the future of healthcare and that future starts today! The sky is the limit!

All the best – 
Kathleen S. Matt 

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ELEMENTS OF Success

The College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware will be nationally and internationally known as a hub of interdisciplinary research, education, and public outreach dedicated to advancing human health. Partnering in significant initiatives with other educational and medical institutions, government agencies, and private foundations, our researchers will further understanding of chronic diseases and pioneer the development of advanced treatments and rehabilitation protocols. We will be leaders in advocating interdisciplinary, team-based learning for students in experiential and discovery learning settings. 

EDUCATION

Prof. Jackson in discussion with students in class

We enhance the success of our students by supporting educators and students through a culture of experiential learning and exploration, and encouraging individuals to continue to stretch the boundaries of health sciences education into real-world settings. We invest in our intellectual and physical capital as well as "big data" and digital technologies to prepare future health leaders in evidence-based care, translational research and population health management. And we strengthen our interdisciplinary and global programs to meet the opportunities of an inter-connected world. 

Educating undergraduates, graduates, post-doctoral students and working professionals requires immersive, innovative teaching that is delivered when and how individuals can best receive it. Our education platform includes the community classroom and the digital classroom, and embodies a culturally-competent curriculum and groundbreaking inter-professional training for students of all ages. 

RESEARCH

Prof. Jessica Warren and student examine materials

Changes in the way healthcare is and will be delivered in the future will continue to evolve. We remain cognizant of the triple aim goals for healthcare improvement: improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare. 

We continue to stay on the forefront of person-centered care process improvement, including quality, efficiency and patient and family satisfaction by investing in our intellectual and physical capital. It is equally important to remain vigilant in exploring and taking advantage of new technologies and innovations while continuing our concentration on high touch, personalized and compassionate care. With a focus on enhancing an efficient, team-based model of care that involves providers, patients and their caregivers, we exemplify a continuum of value-based services that shapes a sustainable model for comprehensive care in academic health centers. 

PATIENT-CARE

A look inside the Robotic Discoveries Lab

Changes in the way healthcare is and will be delivered in the future will continue to evolve. We remain cognizant of the triple aim goals for healthcare improvement: improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations and reducing the per capita cost of healthcare. 

We continue to stay on the forefront of person-centered care process improvement, including quality, efficiency and patient and family satisfaction by investing in our intellectual and physical capital. It is equally important to remain vigilant in exploring and taking advantage of new technologies and innovations while continuing our concentration on high touch, personalized and compassionate care. With a focus on enhancing an efficient, team-based model of care that involves providers, patients and their caregivers, we exemplify a continuum of value-based services that shapes a sustainable model for comprehensive care in academic health centers. 

COMMUNITY

A group of students in TIDE camp

The overall health of a community is determined by behavioral, cultural, environmental and societal factors - in addition to genetics and accessibility of quality health and medical services. We engage our local community to join our population health improvement efforts. We build on the many positive health-based relationships we enjoy on and off campus and establish new alliances throughout Delaware. As an Academic Health Center for the state of Delaware, we seek sustainable development and inclusive, collaborative approaches to achieving health care services capacity and accessibility across the entire state, address the aging population as well as urgent and chronic health issues, and educate the next generation of health leaders. We support programs, services, policies, and projects with the highest potential to reduce health disparities, decrease costs, prevent disease and improve the health and wellbeing of the populations we serve.

PEOPLE

Partner organization DEOS in the field

Our most important asset is our people. Their talent, experience, intellect, passion and commitment are the heart that will enable us to achieve our vision. We harness the creativity, passion, ambition and discipline of our workforce by providing a supportive learning environment of inclusive excellence that inspires individual and team success. 

We continue to explore and provide new ways to help our faculty, staff and students grow and collaborate. From on-boarding and training/recognition programs to personal health and well-being efforts, we strengthen our commitment to diversity in every aspect, and celebrate the achievements of people in every role within the College. We extend these efforts to include our growing number of alumni in order to set a new direction in healthcare through education, research, care, service and innovation.