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 PKUHSC-USC 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.
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 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.