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Our Vision

To advance occupational therapy practice by providing outstanding entry-level and post-graduate education; translate science to deliver exemplary practice; lead innovative and ground-breaking research and train the next generation of researchers and leaders of our profession.

To be recognized as a premier national and international occupational therapy program through excellence in teaching, research and service.

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the lives of people through innovation in research, education and service. We will focus on our student’s intellectual and social development and prepare visionary and ethical practitioners, leaders, scholars and researchers who are curious about and committed to promoting participation in valued occupations as a means of enabling health and wellness for individuals, groups and populations. Cultivating excellence, interdisciplinary collegiality and inclusive excellence, we will prepare our graduates to be advanced entry-level practitioners able to deliver innovative, culturally responsive, and reasoned practice; to be societal leaders and to pursue research that will benefit society, expanding our capability to discover and share knowledge.

Our Values

Advancing Inclusive Excellence in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dixon Gordon Ikejiani Jones Reed RobinsonMSOT students named 2020 UAB Diversity ChampionsThe UAB Department of Occupational Therapy is committed to embracing a diverse and inclusive environment that reflects our collective values, cultures, aspirations, life experiences and commitment to excellence.

We believe that our department and community are enriched by the contribution and participation of people from different backgrounds. We are committed to developing an environment for the education of our students that views inclusive excellence as a transformational force in their academic and professional growth.

Toward this end, we will intentionally seek to:

  • Create a welcoming community that engages all of its diversity in the service of student and organizational learning.
  • Create a department that expects all members of our community to respect and appreciate individual and cultural differences.
  • Recruit and retain a culturally diverse body of students, faculty and staff.
  • Give attention to the cultural differences that each learner brings to the educational experience and that enhances our department.
  • Promote inclusive excellence for people of different backgrounds throughout all interactions within the UAB Department of Occupational Therapy community.