UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences
The UNC School of Medicine founded the Department of Medical Allied Health Professions in 1970. Today, the Department of Allied Health Sciences houses seven primary programs; professions include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, among others. Let’s take a look at what allied health means for North Carolina and specific professions allied health professionals pursue.
Between 1999 and 2009, more than 44 percent of job growth in the health care sector was due to growth of allied health jobs.
Who are allied health professionals? In the UNC School of Medicine, seven programs exist in the Department of Allied Health Sciences.
WHAT: Clinical laboratory scientists, also called medical technologists, provide laboratory information and services needed for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
WHAT: Rehabilitation counselors provide mental, developmental, and emotional support for people to overcome or manage personal, social, or psychological issues.
WHAT: Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities, also known as occupations.
WHAT: A physician assistant or physician associate is a health care professional who practices medicine as a part of a health care team with supervising physicians and other providers.
WHAT: Radiologic scientists are health care professionals who focus on imaging for medical diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of disease.
WHAT: Speech and hearing sciences encompasses both speech-language pathology and audiology. Often, speech-language pathologists and audiologists treat children and adults who have difficulties with speech, swallowing, language, or hearing.