This UMMC doctorate program prepares occupational therapists to provide interventions to individuals across the life span whose lives have been impacted by physical, cognitive, psychological or developmental problems or other individuals who could also benefit from health promotion services. The graduates of the doctoral program are uniquely trained to design activities for individuals or groups to maximize occupational performance in self-care, work, leisure and other daily occupations. In addition to the core skills required of an entry-level occupational therapist, the doctoral curriculum includes an increased emphasis on leadership and advocacy skills; broadened research efforts and dissemination; advancement into diverse, non-clinical areas of practice to promote wellness and population health; and skills in management and public policy. This will ensure the occupational therapy workforce in Mississippi is able to tackle the complex and changing healthcare needs of Mississippi residents.
If you are interested in learning more about occupational therapy, you are invited to join us on campus for the School of Health Related Professions' Annual Program Awareness Day in the spring and Program Focus Day in the fall for a Q&A session.
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