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The UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences celebrated National Allied Health Professions week from November 5 until November 9. The week is designed to raise awareness about careers in the health professions.

The Department of Allied Health Sciences will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2021. It houses seven divisions across the health care spectrum. Dynamic programs, centers, and office provide exemplary teaching, innovative research, and patient-centered clinical care to North Carolinians and beyond. Stephen Hooper, PhD, is the department’s chair; he is also an associate dean in the UNC School of Medicine.

Graduate programs in the DAHS are among the most highly ranked, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Metrics that matter

  • 95 percent of graduates reported working in a position related to their degree.
  • 77 percent of enrolled students are North Carolinians.
  • 35 percent of students are first-generation college students.
  • 71 percent of 2016 graduates work in 16 different counties across North Carolina, a distance of more than 300 miles.
  • The DAHS is comprised of nearly 80 faculty and nearly 500 students.

Learn more about the DAHS

  • Division of Clinical Laboratory Science: Hear from Hannah, a graduate student in the Molecular Diagnostic Science program who is able to work on her master’s degree online.
  • Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling: Hear from Mariel, a second-year student who hopes to close gaps in health care.
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy: Hear from Antoine Bailliard, PhD, OTR/L, speaking about homelessness and how the tiny house movement makes an impact, on this week’s edition of Your Health Radio.
  • Physician Assistant Studies: Read about Janelle Bludorn’s, PA-C, recent recognition from the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants as 2018 PA of the Year for her work in promoting PA education on a nationwide scale.
  • Division of Physical Therapy: Hear from Doctor of Physical Therapy student Anjali Paintal and why patient care is at the heart of her passion for physical therapy.
  • Division of Radiologic Science: Hear from faculty member Isaack Boru, MSRS, RT(R), (MRI), about his dual role as faculty member and at UNC Hospitals.
  • Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences: Hear from third-year Doctor of Audiology student Arielle Abrams, who found her passion by sharing her own story of hearing loss.

The DAHS also houses the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, the Center for Human Movement Science, Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science, and the Office of Research & Scholarship, among other initiatives.