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Harness Iowa's unparalleled resources. Conduct groundbreaking research. Serve Iowans and their communities.

The Department of Health and Human Physiology is one of the University of Iowa's hubs for comprehensive education, training, and research in a wide range of health professions. We utilize the University of Iowa's extensive resources to offer extraordinary educational experiences and opportunities.

Since 1873, the University of Iowa has taken the lead in providing state-of-the-art health care to Iowa and the region. That historic mission has grown into today's 21st-century health sciences enterprise, which comprises the following institutions, colleges, and departments:

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

As a major tertiary- and quaternary-level health care facility, UI Hospitals & Clinics includes the main adult-care hospital, a specialized disabilities and development outpatient facility (serving pediatric and adult patients), and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

In addition, outpatient clinic facilities on campus and off-site locations in the state’s population centers such as Waterloo, Des Moines, and Cedar Rapids. With more than 250 specialty and subspecialty clinics, UI Hospitals & Clinics offers the most comprehensive health care in the state.

Faculty, staff, and students provide health care in an environment devoted to innovative care, excellent service, and exceptional outcomes.

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Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Iowa's flagship medical school, and home to the following specialty centers and institutes:

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Other health sciences departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

Other health sciences colleges at the University of Iowa:

Why Iowa?

As a renowned center for academic medicine, Iowa is the best place to prepare for the wide range of health careers.

The health, wellness, and fitness professions are growing by leaps and bounds as our population grows and our technology and knowledge advance. Highly skilled employees with a broad-based understanding of society and the world are in demand across the health-related fields--and our programs will prepare you for any path you choose.

Learn while doing

Experiential learning gives opportunities to turn theory into practice while building confidence, connections, and collaboration. Explore the variety of ways to get involved with experiential learning at the University of Iowa.

Make an impact

You've had a variety of opportunities to make an impact on your community while learning and growing through community health collaborative programs, outreach and applied learning opportunities, and involvement with Hawkathlon, Iowa's Adaptive Fitness Challenge for people with disabilities.

The Iowa experience

Our faculty are discipline-shaping researchers, visionary teachers, supportive mentors, and expert practitioners. Meet the inspiring thinkers and creators at the heart of Iowa Health and Human Physiology.

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Mission and history

The Department of Health and Human Physiology was formed in 2010 and has grown to encompass a broad range of health-related disciplines. The department's mission is to advance knowledge of health, human physiology, wellness, and fitness through teaching, practice, research, and service, in the context of a 21st-century liberal arts and sciences education.

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