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A Message from the President

President Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D.

President Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D.

Welcome to Des Moines University, a Health Sciences University in the capital city of Iowa. We are proud of our role in serving the people of Iowa and excited about our mission of real-world impact in health sciences education, research and public service. Whereas many of our students and alumni practice in the state of Iowa, many embrace opportunities to provide care literally around the globe. We believe we are doing a world of good with a commitment to health and excellence!

Des Moines University is a special place!  This institution has existed for more than 100 years with a singular mission to develop distinctive health care professionals who are committed to patient-centered health promotion, the application of evidenced based practice, the discovery of knowledge, and the provision of competent and compassionate health care. We offer nine graduate degree programs in three colleges with a total enrollment of approximately 1900 full and part-time students.

We welcome the responsibilities we face in caring for the needs of the people of this state, this region, our nation and the world. We meet these challenges by emphasizing training in primary care and encouraging graduates to practice in the state’s rural and underserved areas.  We also provide competent and compassionate care through a multi-specialty clinic which offers family medicine, podiatric medicine and surgery, ophthalmology, physical therapy, osteopathic manual medicine, and international travel health services.

Our students are highly motivated, intelligent and compassionate. They volunteer to work with community organizations and are fully imbued with the school’s commitment to public service. Our faculty have developed a curriculum designed to stimulate and support students in the acquisition of advanced knowledge and skills, while instilling compassionate attitudes and values so that they may best serve their patients.

In all that we do, we place the highest priority on respect for the dignity and diversity of the members of the entire campus community – patients, students, faculty, employees and volunteers. We are committed to supporting professional, intellectual and emotional growth so that all may have the opportunity to fulfill their potential and achieve their goals. We also embrace the values of honesty, accountability, collaboration, and inclusiveness as the basic tenets of integrity.  We are committed to fostering a climate that doesn’t just tolerate differences but treasures them because we become better citizens of this world and better health care providers when we embrace the rich opportunities afforded to us when we learn from our differences.

Yes, Des Moines University….A Health Sciences University with a commitment to health and excellence. Come join us on this journey and become a part of our tradition of doing a world of good!  We welcome you and challenge you to embrace the call to service!

Sincerely,
Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D.
President and CEO