College of Health Professions

Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science


The mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science is to promote education, research, and services that address occupational engagement, social and occupational justice in support of health and well-being of persons, organizations, and populations. The educational programs prepare students and professionals to be competent, ethical, and empathic occupational therapists and occupational scientists while fostering research, leadership, and advocacy. Educational initiatives also address the academic and broader community’s awareness of the healthful benefits of occupation and occupational therapy. The research and scholarly activities of the department contribute to the body of knowledge in occupational therapy and occupational science. The service agenda improves the health and well-being of the university, community, and society, and strengthens the profession of occupational therapy and the discipline of occupational science.

Revised and Approved by Faculty on May 26, 2010


For more than 35 years, Towson University has been graduating successful candidates to become certified occupational therapists. Our graduates are employed in a variety of settings in direct services, consultation, program development, education, research, health policy, and health care administration.

Baltimore is a place of historical significance for the origins of the profession. Students are able to obtain clinical experiences in these historical sites: John Hopkins Hospital (former home of Eleanor Clark Slagle, one of the founders of the profession) and Sheppard Enoch Pratt Hospital (workplace of William Rush Dunton, another founder of the profession).

The Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science is equipped with modern classrooms, learning laboratories and a resource center, which includes research software.

Students also have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge through the College of Health Professions Institute for Well-Being at One Olympic Place in Towson.  The Occupational Therapy Center in the I.W.B. opened in September of 2012. The Center provides services for community members to enhance their independence and quality of life. It offers programs that extend services beyond those found in a traditional medical system.


  • 1974 Occupational Therapy Department opened
  • 1982 Post-Professional Program initiated
  • 1990 Professional Master's Program initiated
  • 2000 Doctoral Program in Occupational Science launched
  • 2001 Combined Bachelor's/Master's Program initiated

Both our post-professional degrees (master's and doctoral) are designed to provide a framework for students to customize their plans of study in a learning environment that facilitates the application of knowledge to real life societal problems and needs.

The Doctoral Program

Our applied doctoral degree in occupational science is designed to prepare graduates to assume key roles in teaching and research, clinical practice, education and advocacy, or administration. The main emphasis of the doctoral program is to enhance the health of society through the application of knowledge gained through the advanced study of occupational science and human behavior.

Our program will prepare individuals with an in-depth knowledge of human occupation for use in supporting advances in clinical practices, including therapeutic intervention, teaching and research. Full- and part-time study is available.

updated June 20, 2013

Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science
Enrollment Services, Room 245

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2762
Fax: 410-704-2322





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