|President||Dr. Angela Franklin|
|Campus||Urban, 22 acres (8.9 ha)|
|Colors||Purple and White|
Des Moines University (DMU) is a private osteopathic medical school in Des Moines, Iowa. Founded in 1898, Des Moines University is the second oldest osteopathic medical school and the fifteenth largest medical school in the United States. DMU offers nine academic degrees, including osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, health care administration, public health, anatomy, and biomedical sciences (master's and doctorate).
There are over 14,000 total alumni.
Des Moines University was founded in 1898 as the Dr. S.S. Still College and Infirmary of Osteopathy & Surgery. It was renamed Still College in 1905 and Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery during the 1940s.
In 1958, the institution was renamed the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. The first satellite clinic was established in 1963. In 1971, the Dietz Diagnostic Center, then a specialty clinic, began operation as a major outpatient facility. In 1980 the University was renamed University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences with a broadened educational mission. The school moved to its present site in 1972. The College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery and the College of Biological Sciences (now the College of Health Sciences) were both established by the college's Board of Trustees in 1980 and are now part of the osteopathic medical university, along with the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery.
The college adopted the Des Moines University name on September 18, 1999. On August 15, 2003, former Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad became the university's president. On October 16, 2009, Branstad announced his retirement as President of Des Moines University in order to pursue running again for Governor of Iowa; Steve Dengle was chosen as interim president. In 2005, the university opened a $24 million Student Education Center, with a medical library, new classrooms, a coffee shop, and an exercise gym with a basketball court.
The unaffiliated Des Moines College used the name Des Moines University during the 1920s until its closure in 1929.
Through its three colleges, DMU offers 9 academic programs. All programs are post-baccalaureate and focused on health sciences. All are accredited by the respective national accrediting body. The university itself is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Doctoral degrees are offered in osteopathic medicine, physical therapy, podiatric medicine, and biomedical sciences. Master's programs are offered in physician assistant studies, anatomy, biomedical sciences, public health, and health care administration.