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Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division

Joining with occupational therapy and occupational science communities internationally, as well as Duke University,

The  Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division envisions an inclusive world where all people flourish through access to and participation in meaningful, health-supporting occupations, the activities of everyday life.

The primary aim of the program is to advance the health of individuals, organizations, and communities by skillfully enabling the occupations of everyday life.

The Duke OTD will be built on these core beliefs:

  • How people occupy time is a key ingredient in optimum health for everyone,
  • Enabling engagement in occupation is the distinctive contribution occupational therapy makes to health and social care,
  • Engagement in occupation supports health by fostering basic human needs of survival, capacities, meaning, identity, social connection, competence, and autonomy.
  • Successfully engaging in occupations requires a just-right transaction of skills, capacities, experience, motivation, interest, meaning, social support, environmental press, cultural relevance, political legislation, economics, technology, and other factors.
  • Occupational therapists optimize these transactions through assessing, adapting, advocating, collaborating, consulting, designing/building, educating, engaging, and applying specialty skills.

We will admit the first OTD cohort in the Fall of 2021.


Duke OTD Virtual Information Sessions
Want to learn more about the Duke OTD? Join us for one of our 2020 virtual information sessions! Sessions will be held from 2:00–3:00 p.m. (EDT) on

  • Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Monday, September 28, 2020
  • Monday, October 26, 2020

Please register to attend a Duke OTD virtual information session here.

Click here to apply to the Occupational Therapy Doctorate program. Email OTD_admissions@duke.edu with any questions.