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As the academic health center in the State, the mission of the University of Delaware College of Health Sciences is to educate the next generation of healthcare professionals in a collaborative inter-professional learning environment, provide accessible, innovative health and wellness care services and explore ways to improve health outcomes through science, technology and advanced research.


To be known as an inclusive and engaging community that cultivates learning, creates trans formative knowledge and promotes the health status and quality of life for all people.

Our research programs are comprised of multidisciplinary teams of scientists who address health and human illnesses using basic science, clinical, behavioral and community-based research approaches. Our research programs focus on diseases associated with neurological disorders, orthopedics, cardiovascular, cancer and women & children’s health.

These programs are supported by core facilities that promote access to patient populations and provide technological support and technical expertise.

Our goal is to perform cutting edge research that helps patient populations attain and maintain a reasonable standard of health. In short, we want to engage in the type of research that can help patient populations stay out of the hospital and maintain their health and independence.


The College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware will be nationally and internationally known as a hub of interdisciplinary research, education, and public outreach dedicated to advancing human health. Partnering in significant initiatives with other educational and medical institutions, government agencies, and private foundations, our researchers will further understanding of chronic diseases and pioneer the development of advanced treatments and rehabilitation protocols. We will be leaders in advocating interdisciplinary, team-based learning for students in experiential and discovery learning settings. 


To grow the research enterprise within the College, by fostering interdisciplinary and translational research, with the objective of improving the health and well-being of people. 


  1.  Provide a supportive environment for the research efforts of both individual faculty researchers and interdisciplinary teams.
  2.  Ensure that College policies support recruiting, rewarding, promoting, and retaining identified core groups of researchers with high capacity to contribute to the research mission of the College.
  3. Promote Delaware Health Sciences Alliance partnerships to facilitate development of productive collaborative relationships among faculty researchers and practicing healthcare clinicians to improve the quality of healthcare delivery, especially to underserved populations.
  4. Host international priorities conferences that further advance collaborative and interdisciplinary research opportunities.
Experiential Learning

To educate future leaders in health and exercise promotion, health care, and health-related research through high -quality didactic and experiential learning that enhances interdisciplinary understanding and interactions. 


  1. Utilize reality-based learning environments and simulations to enhance students’ understanding of their fields of academic or professional study and to ensure that students can effectively work as members of an interdisciplinary team.
  2. Provide meaningful experiential, service learning, and undergraduate research opportunities for students.
  3. Identify a core underlying knowledge base and skill set for all students in the college to promote continuity of understanding and performance across disciplines.
  4. Promote growth and enhanced quality of graduate and professional programs in the College.
Recruitment & Retention

To recruit and retain talented and diverse faculty, staff, and students. 


  1. Increase the recruitment of faculty from underrepresented groups through targeted position advertising, nominations, and invitations to deliver campus seminars.
  2. Partner with other campus units and clinical partners to engage in joint hires of well-qualified minority faculty.
  3. Partner with University Admissions to increase recruitment of talented students from underrepresented groups through greater faculty involvement in student recruitment activities.
  4. Increase the retention of underrepresented, low-income, and international students through enhanced faculty advising and student mentoring programs.

To strengthen interdisciplinary faculty and student outreach activities and partnerships in the local, national, and global communities. 


  1. Develop a virtual center that provides a database of CHS community outreach activities and lists opportunities for volunteerism.
  2. Identify public needs that can be served by students and faculty in the College and initiate outreach programs that address those needs, capitalizing on faculty strengths and student interests.
  3. Strategically target international institutions for development and expansion of collaborative agreements promoting faculty and student exchanges, study abroad sites, and collaborative research.
  4. Utilize DHSA partnerships to enhance educational opportunities for students and faculty.
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