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 has partnered with Peking University Health Science Center (PKUHSC) to develop a new dual-degree graduate program in occupational therapy, which welcomed its first class in Sept. 2019. Students in the USC-PKUHSC dual-degree program take two years of courses at PKUHSC to earn a master’s degree in rehabilitation therapy, and will then attend USC’s one-year post-professional doctorate of occupational therapy (OTD) program in Los Angeles.
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.