UD Programs

Outreach Programs

The Perry Initiative

The Perry Initiative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to inspiring young women to be leaders in the fields of orthopaedic surgery and engineering, two fields in which women are drastically under-represented. We advance our mission by targeting women in high school and medical school through our outreach programs, providing them with hands-on exposure to these fields and mentoring support to pursue careers in orthopaedic surgery and engineering.

The Perry Initiative developed Orthopaedics In Action (OIA) a unique, hands-on curriculum for middle and high school STEM classrooms that features real-world challenges from orthopaedic surgery and biomedical engineering. OIA features stand-alone 45-60 minute lessons appropriate for Grades 7 through 12 classrooms. OIA maps to Next Generation Science Standards and covers multiple Disciplinary Core Ideas and Science and Engineering Practices. It is designed specifically to bridge the gap between bioscience and engineering coursework and reinforce cross-cutting concepts in math and science.

The Perry Initiative and our partners are committed to providing Orthopaedics In Action to educators nationwide at a low cost and with high-quality lesson plans and video professional development materials. Information about how educators can preview OIA lessons or purchase these materials can be found on our website.

Doctoral Programs


The mission of the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomechanics & Movement Science (BIOMS) is to advance the understanding of complex human systems through interaction of experts who cross traditional divisions of academic study. We strive to train outstanding researchers who will contribute to the advancement of health science through translational and interdisciplinary research.

Biomedical Engineering (BME)

The Biomedical Engineering PhD program in the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware is built on a common core curriculum with advanced curricula allowing students to expand their knowledge in specific areas related to their research interests. With research areas spanning musculoskeletal biomechanics, drug delivery and nanomedicine, cell and tissue engineering, disease modeling, and neuroengineering and rehabilitation, the PhD program in BME at UD offers both academic rigor and flexibility to meet the needs of students with different interests and backgrounds.

Physical Therapy

Ranked #1 in the nation by US News and World Report

The mission of the Department of Physical Therapy is to advance physical therapist practice by providing outstanding entry-level and post-graduate education, translating science to deliver quality clinical services, leading federally funded rehabilitation research, and training the next generation of rehabilitation researchers and leaders of our profession.

Undergraduate/Graduate Programs

Exercise Science

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Graduate Program Information

Ranked 5th of all programs in the country by the National Academy of Kinesiology

The Exercise Science major provides students with an outstanding educational experience that prepares them for careers in the health professions or health sciences. This is primarily a pre-professional program, preparing students for subsequent clinical, graduate, or professional programs. Students have access to research laboratories and facilities with advanced technology for specialized study in biomechanics, motor control, cardiovascular, skeletal, muscular and neural physiology.


Biomedical Engineering

Undergraduate Program Information

Biomedical engineering applies quantitative engineering analysis and design to biological and medical problems. It is a field dedicated to revealing basic knowledge of disease mechanisms to improve human health, and to developing new technologies and therapies to improve the quality of life.

Mechanical Engineering

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Graduate Program Information

Biomechanical Engineering

Minor Information

Mechanical engineering is one of the most diverse branches of engineering, and it involves the design and analysis of machines, structures, and materials by applying the principles of physics and materials science. Mechanical engineers can do it all, from designing cars, airplanes, and robots, to developing renewable energy systems, medical devices, and stronger and lighter composite materials.

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