Research. Education. Care.

As we look back on 2016, the reflection is not only on the past, but also on the future of healthcare. The future is not simply something that our students, faculty and staff hope to one day begin; it’s already in motion.

2016 was a year of impact. With more than 29 million dollars in research grant funding, our researchers took on a wide spectrum of complex health issues — from stroke to concussions to mobility to cardiovascular health to communication disorders and Parkinson’s disease to name a few. And our research isn’t just headed into academic journals; it’s translated into clinical practice and is changing lives all over the globe.

2016 was a year of growth. We had our largest cohorts of undergraduate and graduate students. The number of health sciences faculty, staff and degree programs all reached new heights. We breathed life into a new Communication Sciences & Disorders program with new faculty and an inaugural cohort of graduate students — the first of its kind in the state of Delaware. We used a healthcare workforce grant to expand our teachings to primary care facilities across the state. And our storied physical therapy graduate program climbed to number one in the country — the first University of Delaware program to receive the lofty designation.

2016 was a year of community. From pediatric to geriatric health, our impact was evident in our local and global communities. Here in Delaware, STAR Health is paving a new direction in healthcare; we’re combining research, education and care into our comprehensive clinics — all under one roof. And across the globe, health sciences students worked hand-in-hand with local medical professionals in massive cities and remote villages for the experiential learning opportunities that students crave.

As we look ahead, some advances in the health sciences will be subtle. Others will be unmistakable! So rise up with us and let’s take the field to new heights. Here’s to a bright and brilliant 2017.


I want to wish you a relaxing, restful and enjoyable holiday break and a happy, healthy holiday season! Here’s to a great 2017!

All the best,

Kathleen S. Matt, PhD
, College of Health Sciences
Executive Director, Delaware Health Sciences Alliance

Corey using an in-home harness to work towards her dreams of becoming a chef

A child benefiting from a “Super Suit” during a exoskeletal garment study

Exercise testing as a part of our new Clinical Exercise Physiology graduate program

A child with a therapist in our new Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

We wish you a happy, healthy, holiday season and a New Year that makes your dreams come true!



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