Course Descriptions

For the most up-to-date course descriptions, please refer to the Graduate Academic Catalog.

Required Core Courses

OT 8000: Evolution of Ideas in Occupational Therapy (3 credits)
The course explores the philosophical assumptions, societal influences, core concepts, theories, models, and frames of reference that have shaped the profession of occupational therapy and the discipline of occupational science. This course requires you to analyze past, present, and future trends in US and international practice; compare and contrast the ideas of the leaders of the profession; and explain how environmental forces affected their ideas, theories and models of practice.

OSOT 6200: Ethical Leadership (3 credits)
This course emphasizes ethical leadership in global, societal, organizational, and institutional systems. You will examine the role and utility of codes of ethics in various settings, and the strategic application of ethical decision-making tools to organizational problems. Organizational ethics is examined through readings, case studies and coaching on real-time dilemmas confronting class participants. You will complete team and individual analyses of ethical problems.

Elective (3 credit graduate level course; doctoral advisor must approve)
In collaboration with your doctoral advisor, you will choose an elective course that directly informs your doctoral project in your specialized area. This elective requirement can be met through other graduate courses from this or other institutions, or independent study.

OSOT 8100: Educational Methods and Practices (5 credits)
This course focuses on educational theory and the pedagogy of teaching and learning with groups or populations as well as contemporary trends in health education. You will apply the educational planning process to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate an education program directed toward professional, academic, clinical, community and business populations. Project implementation and assessment of outcomes will occur at a site related to your chosen specialized area.

OSOT 8200: Occupation, Participation and Justice (5 credits)
In this course you will use critical theory as a lens to examine social, educational, and health disparities and barriers to occupational participation. You will identify and scrutinize forms of domination, oppression, and unjust practices in your own setting.  You will then apply tenets of participatory action research to further understand issues of justice in a community different than your own. The course will prepare you to effectively advocate for occupation, participation and justice.

OSOT 8300: Organizational Administration (5 credits)
This course will provide you with the administrative skills necessary for leading organizations or institutions within which OTs may work. You will learn how to use multiple forms of information to evaluate programs, create and implement strategic plans, and strengthen and develop new programs. The course will focus on administrative skills such as forming collaborative partnerships, developing contracts, and securing and sustaining funding of strategic programs. The course content will be taught using a case-based format. Along with the course content, you will apply the information to your chosen specialized area.

OSOT 8510: Advanced Evidence Based Practice (5 credits)
This course is interdisciplinary and explores the nature of evidence as it relates to students’ disciplines. The course emphasizes critical appraisal of disciplinary research, translation of research in practice, evaluation of practice, and aims to improve the reliability of health care practice and outcomes for individuals and populations. The integration of knowledge and evidence from diverse sources and across disciplines is used to evaluate practice patterns against national benchmarks to determine variances in outcomes and explore alternative solutions for improving health care outcomes.

Required Doctoral Proposal and Project

OSOT 8500: Doctoral Project Proposal (3 credits)
The doctoral project is an applied culminating project in your chosen specialized area based on evidence and integration of core courses. The project will demonstrate theory driven application that will meet a defined need and will advance occupational therapy practice. In this process you will be a self-directed learner with the support of an advisor and a selected community mentor from your chosen specialized area. The outcome of this course is an approved doctoral project proposal.

OSOT 8600: Doctoral Project (3 credits)
The doctoral project is an applied culminating project in your chosen specialized area based on evidence and integration of all your OTD courses. The project will demonstrate theory driven application that will meet a defined need and will advance occupational therapy practice. The outcome of this course is a completed doctoral project including implementation, evaluation, and dissemination.