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USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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USC Chan Global Initiatives

Global Initiatives Strategic Planning
In support of overall Chan Division Strategic Plan, 2019-2023

Global Initiatives’ position within the Chan Division’s 5 Year Strategic Plan is to support the improvement in health equity, well-being, and quality of life across local, national, and global communities. Our aim is to build capacity to access occupational therapy through collaborations, education, research, and practice. Through the Division, we have led innovative and transformative initiatives through meaningful occupations and connections. Our groups are comprised of students and faculty who have volunteered to help our program support the goal of creating global citizens across our programs including Bachelor’s to Master’s, Entry-Level Professional Master’s, Post-Professional Master’s, PhD, Post-Professional Doctorate of OT, and as we transition into an entry-level OTD format. Below are the subgroups. If you have interests or questions, feel free to reach out to Dr. Daniel Park (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Brendan LaScala (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

4.3a: Increase collaboration between the USC Chan Global Initiatives and China Initiative

  • USC/Peking University Health Sciences Center (PUHSC) peer exchange
  • Increased PUHSC/USC joint educational opportunities
  • Supportive programs for PUHSC students currently at USC

4.3b: Expand and organize global elements in USC Chan education, research, and practice

  • Global opportunities in Entry-Level OTD program (international fieldwork, capstone experiences)
  • Globally-oriented coursework
  • Expanded global research opportunities
  • Global Initiatives blog

4.3c: Expand global initiatives/partnerships in strategic ways

  • International “Pen Pal” Letter Writing Exchange program with 6 universities around the world
  • Global “Brown Bag” Speaker Series

4.3d: Measure the impact of USC Chan’s global work, disseminate findings

  • Outcomes research
  • Conference presentations
  • Publications
  • Social media dissemination of knowledge