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

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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DMU’s M.H.A. program now available entirely online

DMU’s master of health care administration (M.H.A.) program prepares students to lead and succeed in the growing health care industry. Beginning this fall, they can learn how to do so with greater flexibility: Students will be able to complete the …

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DMU students selected for summer 2019 Distinguished Global Health Internships

The DMU Department of Global Health’s Distinguished Global Health Internships are highly selective research opportunities that enable students to explore global health research topics at various organizations. Students have the opportunity to work with researchers on projects such as conducting systematic reviews …

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1,000+ aspiring health professionals to get “interprofessional” Feb. 22

Des Moines University knows that students in its eight graduate medical/health sciences degree programs need to understand how to work well with people in other health professions. That’s why its clinical students will be among more than 1,000 medical/health sciences …

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Want a great career? Consider physician assistant

The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) has launched a campaign affirming what DMU already knows: Physician assistants are important health care professionals who apply thousands of hours of medical training and versatile skills to providing patient-focused care. Called “Your PA …

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