Online Post-Professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy (PP-OTD)

The PP-OTD program prepares occupational therapists to assume leadership roles in developing and evaluating innovative responses to health-care needs related to occupational performance and societal participation.

Completion of the doctoral project is a central feature of the program. The project includes critically analyzing the theoretical and evidence base for current approaches, analyzing the social and cultural factors affecting the practice context, developing a scientifically grounded innovation to improve service outcomes, and designing methods to evaluate individual and program-level outcomes.

This innovative program is offered online with two short on-campus components at the beginning and end. Students take two consecutive, seven-week courses while concurrently working on the doctoral project each semester. The PP-OTD requires 33 credits, or 10 courses. Students may be required to complete six foundation courses, depending on their past educational experiences, prior to their doctorate study.

For more on the PP-OTD program (including program and course descriptions, admission requirements, and procedures), please visit our website; email program director Karen Jacobs; or call 617-353-7516.

Doctoral Program in Rehabilitation Sciences (PhD)

Occupational therapy faculty participate actively in the interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy Program in Rehabilitation Sciences. Occupational therapists interested in pursuing doctoral study to prepare for a career in research and teaching can find a detailed description of the PhD program under Rehabilitation Sciences.