About AHS by marcusjames


About AHS
Our History:
The “Department of Medical Allied Health Professions” (DMAHP) was formally
established as an academic department of the UNC School of Medicine in 1970. Prior to
that year, allied health personnel training at UNC was conducted under the auspices of
the North Carolina Memorial Hospital (NCMH), and was delivered by staff of individual
clinical units within the hospital. Recognizing the need to separate these educational
activities from the clinical service responsibilities of hospital personnel, the
administration of the UNCMH and the UNC School of Medicine agreed to combine these
separate training programs into one, academic department. In September, 1971, a total of
105 students were enrolled in this new department. The original DMAHP programs were
medical technology, physical therapy, chaplaincy, cytotechnology, radiology technology,
blood bank technology, and histopathology. In 1998 the Department's name was changed
to the Department of Allied Health Sciences (DAHS). Today, the department enrolls
nearly 400 students, and offers academic programs ranging from entry level, professional
cetificates through advanced professional doctorates and research PhDs, in seven
disciplinary Divisions: Clinical Laboratory Science, Cytotechnology, Occupational
Science, Physical Therapy, Radiologic Science, Rehabilitation Counseling and
Psychology, and Speech and Hearing Sciences.

Our Organization:
The DAHS is a department in the UNC School of Medicine, part of the Health Affairs
division of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Chair of DAHS also
serves as an Associate Dean of the Medical School. Each of the seven divisions in this
department has a Division Director with administrative responsibility for all aspects of
that division’s operation. In addition to the Chair/Associate Dean, the department’s
administration includes an Associate Chair for Clinical Services, Associate Chair for
Student Services, Development Director, and Assistant Chair for Finance &


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