The School of Allied Health was established in 1972 as the primary educational resource for the preparation of allied health professionals within the state. The school’s first dean was Dr. Frederick G. Adams, one of the early African American members of the university administration. A dentist by profession, Dr. Adams was instrumental in the School’s development, recruiting a multidisciplinary team to plan and implement the first allied health program. Dr. Adams strongly believed in a multidisciplinary approach to academic and clinical programs.
Over the ensuing 34 years, the school focused on providing strong professional programs, primarily in physical therapy, diagnostic genetic sciences, medical technology and dietetics. On July 1, 2006, the School of Allied Health joined the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) as the Department of Allied Health Sciences. The Physical Therapy Department then became part of the Neag School of Education, where it became part of the Department of Kinesiology. On July 1, 2014 the Department of Kinesiology too, along with the Physical Therapy Program, became part of CANR, now officially renamed the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.
In addition to the professional programs, students are offered an allied health sciences undergraduate major, in preparation for graduate programs in a wide variety of allied health professions such as nursing, medical school, dental school and occupational therapy.
Throughout its history, our mission has been to provide educational programs and leadership that will improve health care and the health care delivery system. The Department is firmly committed to fostering cultural competence in students, faculty, and members of the health care community, and to increasing career opportunities for individuals from under represented populations in the allied health professions.