Curriculum

Semester 1 (fall) | 11 credits

Course reviews pertinent literature and other sources of information as a basis for discussing best-practice in leadership, health policy, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. Prepares students with leadership and advocacy skills to assist with application of these skills in practice.

This is the first course in the advanced capstone series. In this course, the student develops a capstone project proposal. The proposal will include an explanation of the need, a literature review to support the project, and project methodology, including a plan for evaluation of the project. Capstone project topics are chosen based on the students’ educational, professional, and/or practice goals.

In this course, students will gain knowledge of teaching methods and develop skills in creating instructional plans for adult learners in academic and clinical practice settings.

This course examines different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, process evaluation, impact, and outcome evaluation.

Semester 2 (spring) | 10 credits

This course introduces dissemination and implementation science, including approaches and methods used to bridge the gap between research and practice to ensure that evidence is used to inform decisions that will improve the health of individuals and communities.

Community-engaged health research (CEHR) examines health-related problems within the context and complexities of people’s everyday lives. CEHR involves partnerships between researchers and community members that serve as catalysts for changing policies, programs, and practices with the goal of addressing locally important health-related quality of life issues.

This is the second course in the advanced capstone series. In this course, the students finalize their capstone methodology and evaluation plans and adjust as needed. Students move forward with the implementation phase of their capstone projects.

Semester 3 (summer) | 9 credits

This course introduces the student to advancements in the field of occupational therapy and addresses emerging trends in interprofessional education and practice, social well-being in practice, and health and participation issues in occupational therapy practice from all ages and diagnoses and from traditional areas of practice to emerging areas.

This independent study course allows students to work with the instructor to determine an individualized plan for acquiring knowledge and skills related to an individualized occupational therapy topic and emerging technology in a specific area of focus.

This is the final course in the advanced capstone series. In this course the students complete, present, and disseminate their advanced capstone projects.