Beginning in their first year, OT students apply theoretical knowledge in supervised fieldwork placements at sites that have been selected and approved by the program, which maintains strong relationships with partners in the North Philadelphia community. Fieldwork assignments are designed to reflect the scope of occupational therapy practice and the lifespan. Learn more about fieldwork at the College of Public Health.

During the summer, graduate students take a community practice course in which they identify an unmet need within a community or population and develop programming to address that need. Students perform their community fieldwork in a wide range of settings, including homeless shelters, cultural institutions, public transportation authorities and other countries.