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The College of Health Sciences was established in 1980 and enrolled its first students in the physician assistant Program in 1981.   The college has continued to grow since that time and now offers a doctor of physical therapy program and master’s degrees in physician assistant sciences, health care administration, and public health.  The faculty has grown in order to provide low student to faculty ratios in support of the over 600 face-to-face and on-line students enrolled annually in the college.

Programs Offered

Mission

To advance the health and well-being of society through the development of exemplary health care professionals in a learning-centered environment.

Values

  •  Health promotion
  • Life-long learning
  • The transfer of evidence-based research into practice

News and Updates

Young athletes can up their game with a good warm-up

School sports are a great way for youth to stay fit, build positive character traits and have fun. But as with adults, it’s important that young athletes take the time to warm up properly to reduce the risk of injury. …

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Prevent injuries, expense at “Don’t Fall Fiesta,” Sept. 20

No one wants to take a fall, for many good reasons. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), falls are the second-leading cause of injury deaths for all age groups in the state, and they’re the leading cause …

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DMU students take team approach in white coat ceremony

Reflecting the interprofessional approach that contributes to effective health care, students in Des Moines University’s four clinical programs – osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine and surgery, physical therapy and physician assistant studies – participated in a unified white coat ceremony on …

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Is a vestibular disorder making your head spin? DMU Physical Therapy Clinic can help

Do you suffer from dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness or imbalance? Is it affecting your quality of life? You may be among the estimated 69 million Americans ages 40 and older who have vestibular disorders, which also can affect people of any …

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Congratulations to the 2019 Alumni of the Year

The 2019 Des Moines University Alumni of the Year have made impressive contributions to patients, their professions and the world of scientific knowledge. Alumni of the Year honorees are nominated for the University’s three colleges – Health Sciences, Osteopathic Medicine …

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Numbers double for DMU Service Award

On May 17, DMU recognized 111 students with this year’s Service Awards, compared to 58 recipients last year. The Des Moines University Student Service Award recognizes students from all programs who demonstrate efforts to improve lives in our global community …

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Alumni: get a DMU master’s degree online and at a discount

DMU’s master of health care administration (M.H.A.) and master of public health (M.P.H.) degree programs will become more affordable for some individuals beginning this fall: DMU alumni, members of the American Osteopathic Association, active members of the military and veterans …

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Epigenetics: taking greater control of your health and wellness

Can we change our genes – or at least how they’re utilized in the body – through diet and exercise? When illness or disease strikes or we become unhappy with our appearance, we tend to sigh and say things like: …

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DMU celebrates the class of 2019

It was another celebratory year as Des Moines University awarded 458 degrees in eight programs at the 119th annual Commencement Ceremony on May 24. Family, friends, faculty and staff celebrated the graduates throughout the week with programs, awards and a …

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