Occupational Therapy enables people of all ages to do the things they want and need to do in their daily lives, through therapeutic use of activities, or "occupations." OT practitioners work with individuals to prevent, recover from, and live their best lives possible with injury, illness or disability. Common OT interventions include helping children with disabilities participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and educating seniors on home and activity modifications to prevent falls and manage medications.

The College of Public Health offers two pathways to a doctoral occupational therapy degree based on students' level of experience and educational background.

Program offerings


Undergraduate students interested in becoming an occupational therapist are encouraged to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Health Professions or a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy.


Master of Occupational Therapy (no longer accepting applicants)

Faculty and Research

Programs in Occupational Therapy are housed in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Learn more about faculty and research opportunities.