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A Message from the Deputy Dean

Susan Hall

This is an exciting time to be a student in the health sciences. The healthcare industry is more important today than ever, with incidences of chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, and many others on the rise. At the same time, people everywhere increasingly understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including a nutritious diet and regular exercise.

This is a particularly exciting time for the College of Health Sciences at the University of Delaware. Our transition this year to the Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) campus has opened up myriad new opportunities for students to explore, engage, experience, and excel. The STAR campus expansions of the Physical Therapy Clinic and Nurse-Managed Health Center have provided additional experiential learning opportunities for students in several majors. Understanding that the health care of the future will be delivered by interdisciplinary teams of clinicians, we are continuing to grow opportunities for interprofessional education. Our popular Health Care Theater, in which students from nursing, physical therapy, and medical laboratory sciences interact with medical students and actors serving as “standardized patients,” is one example.

The move to the STAR campus has also opened up additional opportunities for interdisciplinary research among faculty and students. In our College both undergraduate and graduate students are engaged in research in all the health sciences programs—athletic training, behavioral health, health and physical education, kinesiology and applied physiology, medical laboratory sciences, nursing, nutrition, and physical therapy. Understanding how new knowledge is generated enhances understanding of each student’s chosen future career.

Building on a strong foundation of academic coursework and experiential learning, students in CHS majors will be leaders in the health and health care arenas of the future. If you are interested in health or health care and want a career that is exciting, challenging, and meaningful, please come and join us!

Susan J. Hall
Deputy Dean, College of Health Sciences
Professor, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

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