About the China Initiative
Our vision is to improve the standards for the educational preparation of, and the clinical care provided by, occupational therapists in China. We believe that occupational therapy will be recognized as an academic and professional field in China and will operate at the highest international level.
The USC Chan Division is partnering with Peking University Health Science Center to develop a graduate degree program in occupational therapy. In doing so, USC is providing in-depth consultation and developing relationships among faculty and related health care organizations to increase PKU’s prestige, access and capacity to provide high-quality occupational therapy graduate education.
Specifically, the China Initiative will assemble an advisory board with representatives from USC, PKU and the Chinese Ministry of Health as well as create programs for the benefit of faculty and students and help with the accrediting and certification process so that students can be admitted to an on-site occupational therapy graduate degree program.
The partnership promises to continue the educational evolution of occupational therapy in China, training a new generation of practitioners to provide high-quality clinical services to the estimated 85 million Chinese living with, or at risk for, a disability.
More About the Initiative
Watch the USC Chan Division naming ceremony, which, following a $20 million gift from the Chan family, will extend the international reach of the division through the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Occupational Therapy China Initiative, by establishing a partnership with a top Chinese university to develop a graduate degree program in occupational therapy in China.
Read more about the gift, and the Initiative, at USC News: Chan family gift creates first named, endowed occupational therapy program in nation.