We envision a world in which every person can live a healthy and self-determined life.

What do you want to achieve?

No matter how ambitious your goal, we’ll help you get there.

Dedicated to discovery

Our faculty pursues new knowledge that transforms healthcare practice and social systems.

  • Closing the gap on health disparities

    With a five-year, $730,000 grant, assistant professor of occupational therapy Susan Magasi is developing tools to overcome healthcare barriers for people with disabilities.
  • Healing wounds of diabetes

    Kinesiology professor Tim Koh is using a $2.2 million grant to study whether a drug taken orally to control blood-sugar levels in diabetic patients may promote wound healing when applied directly to damaged tissue.
  • Faster independence for stroke patients

    Scientists usually approach stroke rehabilitation from the bottom up: training muscles to help the brain relearn movement. Sangeetha Madhavan, assistant professor of physical therapy, is using a $1.5 million grant to study the process in reverse: stimulating the brain to make it more responsive to movement therapy the patient receives.
  • Improving patient safety

    In October 2015, U.S. healthcare providers switched from version 9 to version 10 of the International Classification of Diseases — the system used to code every diagnosis and procedure for each patient encounter. By that time, assistant professor of health informatics Andy Boyd had already worked for years to highlight differences between the two versions that could jeopardize patient safety.

You'll never know who you'll meet

Intelligence, energy and drive are the norm among our students, but the diversity of their personal interests and experiences might surprise you. These are cool people to know.
  • Ryan Branson

    BS in Nutrition, '18
    Volunteered for the National Eating Disorders Association, providing support to people who are coping with eating disorders, OCD, anxiety and depression
  • Samantha Caravette

    Doctor of Physical Therapy, ’18
    2017-18 president of the IPTA Student Special Interest Group; empowers athletes with disabilities and assists in the enrichment of their sporting event experience through volunteerism
  • Timotheus Gordon Jr.

    PhD in Disability Studies, '20
    Writer, autistic self-advocate and creator of the blog Black Autist, which explores issues surrounding autistic people of color
  • Isabel Romero Calvo

    MS in Biomedical Visualization, '18
    Earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Granada; is the lead bench scientist for the Chicago Pancreatic Cancer Initiative
  • Ricardo Ramirez

    MS in Occupational Therapy, '19
    The 2017 Donald and Leah Riddle Prize winner who wants to minimize health disparities within underserved groups in the disability community
  • Maurice Kendall

    BS in Kinesiology, '18
    A senior airman in the U.S. Air Force who interrupted his degree program to serve a six-month deployment in the Middle East

Better together

You can’t change the world with tunnel vision. Our diverse programs bring distinct expertise to a shared mission, complementing each other in expected and unexpected ways.

  • Biomedical Visualization + Nutrition =

    Art and data

    Students from two programs came together to produce a series of “Stairwell to Health” posters hanging on the stairwell landings in our main building. Nutrition students wrote the health-promoting tips; biomedical visualization students illustrated the advice with impossible-to-ignore graphics.

  • Kinesiology + Nutrition =

    Healthier together

    Recognizing the inseparable roles of physical activity and diet in daily health management, our programs in kinesiology and nutrition share a home department in AHS. Undergraduate students majoring in one field often choose a minor in the other.

  • Occupational Therapy + Rehabilitation Sciences =

    A life-changing career

    The entry-level degree for a career in OT is a master’s, and our MS program is ranked 4th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. For undergrads preparing for OT graduate studies, we offer a social-science-based, interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation sciences.

  • Physical Therapy + Occupational Therapy =

    Serving the community

    In 2016, the departments of OT and PT teamed up to develop and deliver training for 300 home care aides at the Chinese American Service League. Led by two professors and 19 students, the training covered techniques for helping seniors with impaired mobility transfer from one seat to another.

  • Nutrition + Kinesiology =

    A team to "beet"

    Alumni Austin Robinson ’12 MS KINES and Sofia Sanchez ’12 BS NUT teamed up to bring together their education in kinesiology and nutrition to create Beet Strong, a plant-based nutrition bar high in protein and fiber and made with ingridients which can increase blood flow and lower blood pressure.

  • Disability and Human Development + Physical Therapy =

    Technology and disability health

    Kelly Hsieh, associate professor of disability studies, leads “We Walk,” a project to assess the use of technology to promote physical activity in adults with intellectual disabilities and their family caregivers. Collaborator Shane Phillips, a physical therapy professor, brings expertise in the use of wearable monitors.

  • Health Informatics + Rehabilitation Sciences =

    Cross-disciplinary teaching

    Health informatics professor Eric Swirsky teaches ethical practice courses in several AHS programs. His class in Ethics, Law and Professionalism in Rehabilitation Sciences is especially popular for students who want to work one-on-one with individuals in vulnerable situations.

  • Health Information Management + Physical Therapy =

    Class and clinic

    Every year, several health information management students complete their required practicum at the campus clinic run by our Department of Physical Therapy. Students collect data, perform workflow analyses, support faculty research and more.

  • Rehabilitation Sciences + Disability and Human Development =

    Redefining interdisciplinary

    The rehabilitation sciences program draws its curriculum and faculty from every program in the college. Many students in this social-science based major choose a minor in disability and human development.

Find your place

Experience the challenge of rigorous courses and new perspectives. Learn and grow with the support of peers and mentors. At AHS, no matter where you're from, you’ll feel at home.