Objectives: Curriculum & Research

Curriculum Objectives

The objective of the professional master program is to prepare graduates who can:

  • practice independently in a range of settings and in a variety of roles; for example, in
  • interdisciplinary programs, in private practice, in primary health care settings, and as consultants and case managers
  • supervise rehabilitation assistants, OT aides or other support workers
  • use principles of evidence-based practice to guide and evaluate service delivery
  • contribute to research that will advance the knowledge base of the discipline
  • assume management roles
  • take leadership roles in the profession
  • take leadership roles in health care and other sectors including social services, education and labour
  • fill academic-practitioner positions
  • pursue a PhD and careers in academia or clinical research, following some additional preparation

Research Objectives

The Department’s research is focused on occupation. In broad terms, the faculty’s research interests are:

  • Culture, transcultural competence
  • International Development
  • Return to Work
  • Aging in Place
  • Kids’ Skills
  • Technology (Hardware, Instruments and Measurement Tools, Rx Protocols, Orthotics)
  • Theory and Model Development
  • Effectiveness and Accountability (Program Evaluation, Practice
    Processes, Clinical Decision-making)
  • Social and Policy Contexts of Practice