The dual degree of occupational therapy doctorate (OTD) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in health education is designed to meet the growing need for occupational therapy faculty members who are prepared to conduct and mentor research. The graduates of the dual degree program will not only have the credentials but also the skills needed for successful careers in academia.
Admission to the OTD/Ph.D. is a two-step process. The first step is to be admitted to the OTD program. See the occupational therapy doctorate section for admission requirements. During the OTD program, the student completes the second step by applying for admission to the Ph.D. in health education. Please contact the occupational therapy program at email@example.com or the school of population health for more information on the dual degree.
Students may apply up to 18 credits of their OTD program for credit in the Ph.D. program. Please contact the occupational therapy program at firstname.lastname@example.org or the school of population health for more information on the dual degree.
ADVOCACY: 15. Evaluate and judge the relevance of current socio-political, legal, economic, international, geographic, demographic, and health disparity issues and trends, including as they affect occupational therapy practice. 16. Justify, design, and engage in initiatives that meet society s occupational needs within existing organizations and through new, entrepreneurial services and programs (e.g., private practice) to move the profession of occupational therapy forward as an integral discipline in health care, human services, and education. 17. Apply principles of management, administration, and supervision (e.g., COTAs, students, other rehabilitation personnel, volunteers) into a personal framework for directing and developing occupational therapy services, personnel, and programs. 18. Choose, design, and implement teaching/learning experiences for a variety of audiences. 19. Practice in collaborative interprofessional practice to improve service delivery in complex systems and organizations. 20. Demonstrate advocacy efforts for clients and the profession to influence practice, legislation, policies, and reimbursement funding.
RESEARCH: 21. Use principles of research design to describe, analyze, critique, and interpret research protocols and articles relevant to the field of occupational therapy. 22.Interpret research findings to enhance their practice and promote research in the profession at multiple levels including collaboration with independent researchers. 23.Produce and disseminate guided, individualized, scholarly projects. 24.Identify specific ways that occupational therapists can contribute to occupational therapy research, including initiation of research, collaboration in research, participation in advanced studies, application for grants, and support of research as a member of the profession of occupational therapy. 25.Explain, apply, and demonstrate professional ethics as they are pertinent to laws and institutional policies that govern client confidentiality and rights of research participants.
AUTONOMOUS DECISION MAKING: 26.Recognize and accept personal responsibility for life-long learning, professional behavior, and demeanor through reflective practice. 27. Develop skill in seeking out information (e.g., library resources, electronic media, internet searches) to compile evidence in support of practice, advocacy, and research. 28. Show leadership skills and guide the profession by disseminating research, conducting presentations, and assuming leadership and mentorship roles, including fieldwork education.