College of Health Sciences
Prepare to become a health care expert
A degree from DMU’s College of Health Sciences will help you reach your goals.
We need leaders who can reimagine medicine and produce better health outcomes for everyone.
At Des Moines University’s College of Health Sciences, we are dedicated to equipping the next generation of healthcare professionals with the tools and techniques to address the challenges facing people all around the world. You can choose to pursue a future as a health care administrator, physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician assistant, public health expert or many other career paths that are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 100 Best Jobs.
With a degree from DMU and a leading college of health science, you will be well-positioned to practice and take charge in nearly any medical setting.
Explore DMU College of Health Sciences Programs
Our Mission and Values
To advance the health and well-being of society through the development of exemplary health care professionals in a learning-centered environment. We value health promotion, life-long learning, and the transfer of evidence-based research into practice.
College of Health Science Highlights
As a health science college, it is DMU’s mission to advance the health and well-being of society. No matter which of our four college of health and science programs you choose — health care administration, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant or public health — you can expect to:
Learn from experts in health care and medicine
Across four disciplines, our nearly 40 CHS faculty members have broad professional backgrounds and decades of experience as clinicians and educators. Because our programs have low student-to-faculty ratios, you will have unfettered access to these accomplished thought leaders. You will also be mentored and receive career advising — whether you are here in Des Moines or taking courses online.
Grow as a healthcare professional
We see thousands of patients each year at our on-campus DMU Clinic, which means you may not have to go far to gain the expertise you need to lead in your career. Our College of Health Sciences programs also have connections to many medical centers around Iowa and throughout the Midwest for clinical training, field-based learning, and internships. Many of our students are often hired by these organizations once they earn a DMU graduate degree.
Earn a valuable degree at a respected health science college
All five of our College of Health Sciences graduate degrees are accredited programs, which means your degree is well regarded and will help you stand out in a competitive job market. In fact, all five of our graduate programs have strong returns on investment.
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
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Doctor of Physical Therapy
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