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Allied Health Sciences

Health Professional Education A sub-discipline of Health Professional Education

Allied Health Sciences covers subjects that are distinct from mainstream Medical courses but rather a range of courses supporting diagnosis and treatment as well as other health care services. The discipline also incorporates technical medical courses and those that support rehabilitation and disease prevention besides supporting diagnosis and treatment.

Professionals that support the mainstream medical team of Doctors, Dentists, Pharmacists, and alike fall under the discipline. The discipline thus encompasses non-nurse and non-physician health care providers. A wide array of subjects namely, Physiotherapy, Perfusion Technology, Anesthesiology, microbiologists, Lab Technicians, Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, Medical Imaging Technology, and many more fall under the discipline. Allied health sciences are for those who seek to establish a career in health care working alongside doctors, nurses, specialists, diagnosticians, and health assistants, etc. These professionals are employed in hospitals, clinics, schools, colleges, private practice, government institutions, medical centers, and development projects to name a few.

Allied health professionals employ scientific concepts and evidence-based practice to diagnose, evaluate, and treat acute and chronic diseases; promote disease prevention and wellness for optimum health, and use administration and management skills to support health care systems in many contexts.

The occupations classified as allied health differ by country, although they account for more than half of all health-care workers in the majority of situations.

Identification, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment of acute and chronic diseases and disorders; provision of food and nutrition services; rehabilitation services; and management and operation of health systems are all responsibilities of allied health professionals. To improve patient or client outcomes, allied health practitioners use scientific concepts and evidence-based practice. Allied health practitioners must also focus on illness prevention and the management of chronic disease patients. As a result, allied health practice encompasses the individual, family, community, and public education; many allied health professions specialize in promoting optimum function and health, as well as improving health-related quality of life. Aspects of allied health include healthcare administration and health-system management, among others.