University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Redesigning Lives Globally
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About the USC Chan Division

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For nearly 75 years, the University of Southern California has been dedicated to ensuring that people of every age and from every circumstance can live their lives to the fullest—no matter what. When I entered the profession more than three decades ago I looked to USC because of its reputation for innovation during the 20th century. Today, the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy proudly carries this tradition of leadership forward to improve the quality of life of people and communities across the world.

USC established the first graduate programs in occupational therapy and occupational science, and is consistently ranked atop the nation’s best institutions. Since 1994, our scientists have secured more than $20 million of federal grant funding. Our alumni hail from 45 countries across six continents. And with more than 70 full-time faculty members engaged in research, education and patient care, USC is truly a place like no other.

In 2014 we set another benchmark: thanks to an unprecedented $20M gift to secure our endowment in perpetuity, we became the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. This landmark gift will accelerate our capacity to build upon both our knowledge base and our therapeutic interventions; it will help us foster and expand collaboration with colleagues in China, the Pacific Rim and throughout the world; and it will have a dramatic impact on the research and teaching of our scholars, on the skills of our students and practitioners and upon the health of the patients and families whom we serve. And, I believe, this gift jump-starts our entire profession on its second century mission to enhance the quality of life for all people in all places.
If you are a prospective student, I hope you consider applying to our programs, which I believe continue to define this rewarding profession. By choosing USC you join an unrivaled academic tradition and become a lifelong member of our Trojan Family network. If you would like to receive more information about any of our academic programs, please feel free to use our online Program Information Request form.

Here at the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, our researchers, educators, clinicians, students and alumni are together dedicated to optimizing the people’s engagement—especially those with disability, injury, unhealthy lifestyle or chronic illness—in the ordinary and extraordinary activities of life.

Fight On!

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Florence A. Clark PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Associate Dean, Professor and Chair
USC Mrs T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC