About Des Moines University

Our reputation is earned every day

We share a singular mission to develop distinctive health professionals committed to health promotion, the discovery of knowledge and service to the community.

Founded in 1898, Des Moines University comprises three colleges offering eight graduate degrees. A health sciences university since adding the colleges of health sciences and podiatric medicine and surgery in 1981, the programs share a collective strength — a collaborative campus community where students and faculty come together in the pursuit of knowledge.

Our strong reputation in medicine and health sciences fields is built on the commitment of our faculty who are passionate about training tomorrow's leaders with unmatched dedication and uncompromised intention. Our graduates enter the profession with confidence, compassion and the determination to improve the lives of others on a daily basis.

Explore our degrees

Des Moines University has eight different programs within three health sciences colleges, all widely respected and highly competitive.

Get to know DMU

From the students who gain an outstanding education to the alumni who work across Iowa and around the world, to the volunteerism of students and employees and engagement of alumni, Des Moines University creates opportunities to excel in all walks of life.

  • We're big enough to offer powerful amenities but small enough to focus on excellence

    DMU is the largest medical school in Iowa–and among the top 25 largest accredited school in the nation (for D.O.s or M.D.s)–with more than 880 students in the osteopathic medical program. Year-to-year, the university enrolls roughly 1,800 students across all eight programs.

  • We have a rich history of equality and diversity

    The very first medical class in 1898 included both sexes and today 50% of the student body are women. Today, one of our core values is embracing and committing to diversity and inclusivity for all of our students, faculty and staff.

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