The College was created in August 2014 by merging the UCC School of Medical Sciences, the School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Departments of Optometry (from the School of Physical Sciences), Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences (from the School of Physical Sciences) and the Department of Biomedical and Forensic Science (from the School of Biological Sciences)
Allied Health Science is a multidisciplinary branch of the health sciences involved with identification, evaluation and prevention of diseases and disorders.
It seeks to understand the body’s dietary, nutrition and rehabilitation needs and to manage health systems.
Allied health professionals include physician assistants, diagnostic medical sonographers, dieticians, medical laboratory technologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, radiographers, respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists, dental hygienists, and speech language pathologists, among several others.
It is estimated that allied health professionals provide for nearly 60% of all healthcare needs, working with doctors, or as independent practitioners.