Course Information



Spring – HP650 Health Care Management

Health care is in constant change. This required graduate course introduces the fundamentals of management in the health and rehabilitation environment. Many health and rehabilitation professionals will assume the role of a manager or have supervisory responsibilities during the course of their career.  This course develops and enhances the student’s understanding of the health care system, the political and social forces affecting health care and the ability to function effectively. Emphasis is on reimbursement, leadership, teamwork, accounting, process analysis, project management, marketing, needs assessment, business plan development, and entrepreneurship. The student will actively engage in discussion and teamwork through written, oral, and web-site assignments.

Fall – OT513 Analysis and Adaptation of Occupation

This course will introduce students to the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (AOTA), a foundation document for the profession. Through lecture and participatory activities, students will be introduced to the concepts of the domain of occupational therapy as described in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework. Students will learn general skills of activity analysis, adaptation, and application of occupation. Students will also complete several environmental assessments and learn to understand how environments impact on participation and ways to modify the environment. The history of occupational therapy and the roles of occupational therapy practitioners will be studied. The application sessions of this course are designed to introduce the student to various aspects of occupation as they relate to the generic practice of occupational therapy, e.g., activity analysis, application, and adaptation.  Acquisition of skills in performing and analyzing activities will be stressed.  Activities include crafts, toys, games, cardboard carpentry, environmental surveys, and occupational functioning.

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Summer –  OT 911: Practicum in Social Policy and Disability

Students engage in the critical analysis of policy and disability theory in their major area of practice (e.g., medical rehabilitation, early intervention, mental health services). They must complete critical reviews of additional reading related to their specific field of application as well as a sequence of analyses of the impact of relevant policies on resource allocation, service delivery methods, and reimbursement. (3 credits)

All semesters – OT 930OL: Doctoral Project

Concurrent with each full semester (fall, spring, summer), students register for one credit of the Doctoral Project. In the fourth semester of the program, students register for 3 credits of the Doctoral Project course. The Doctoral Project is organized around the student’s proposed innovation in practice. It is in the form of a series of qualifying tasks, each of which represents a critical phase of the proposal.

All semesters – OT 925: Capstone

This is the final course of the OTD program.  The capstone has pre-, on- and post-campus tasks including a  two-day, on-campus stay at Boston University.

Variable semesters – HP 720: Educational Theory and Practice

This course focuses on developing effective teaching techniques and strategies that are needed in a variety of clinical and academic contexts. Topics covered in this course include; identifying instructional settings in one’s own practice, the impact of ethical, legal, and economic factors on the educational process, principles of major learning and instruction theories, effective teaching strategies for learners at different developmental stages, strategies that facilitate motivation and improve compliance, and writing behavioral objectives for instruction. Students design and deliver a formal presentation and a client-education brochure.

Variable semesters: OT 615 – Practicum in Education

This course builds on the knowledge and skills that were developed in the Educational Theory and Practice course through further application to the student’s own workplace or community. Much of the work for the practicum involves completing two major teaching assignments in the context of a mentoring relationship with an assigned peer partner. The peer-mentoring model gives each student the opportunity to serve as a mentor and to be mentored. Reflection and dialogue are used to facilitate professional and personal growth through the experience of mentorship.

Variable semesters – HP 650: Healthcare Management

This course introduces the fundamentals of management in the health care environment. It was designed to develop and enhance student understanding of the health care system and the social forces affecting health care, and to provide skills needed to function effectively in a management or supervisory role. Topics covered in this course include United States policies and legislation affecting healthcare management; the roles of a manager; conducting a market analysis; operating, cash and capital budgeting; process analysis; and risk management. Students will develop and execute a formal presentation. The knowledge and skills from this course will be applied in the following course, Health Care Management Practicum.

Variable semesters – OT616: Practicum in Healthcare Management

The Health Care Management Practicum was designed to develop and enhance knowledge and skills acquired or refined in HP650 OT. Emphasis in this practicum is on managing human resources, entrepreneurship, technology and information, budgeting and performance evaluation, quality management and measuring performance. The capstone of this practicum is the development of a business plan.

Summer – OT 905: Seminar on Practice Leadership

This capstone course includes preparatory work, followed by a short on-campus stay and follow-up assignments. During the on-campus period, students participate in the Lead the Way Symposium. This yearly Symposium provides the students with the opportunity to present the results of their scholarly project investigations to each other, the program faculty, graduate students, alumni, and an invited audience from the greater Boston community. In addition, they participate in small, group discussions focused around future planning for practice leadership.

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