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Occupational Therapy program is best in U.S. – again

by Mary Ellen Stumpfl

For the fourth consecutive year, the USC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy has been ranked No. 1 in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report Annual Guide to Best Graduate Schools.

The department captured the top spot in the April 9, rankings of 68 graduate educational programs in occupational therapy the are accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association.

The USC Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy broke new ground in 1997 when the Journal of the American Medical Association published results of the USC Well Elderly Study, a widely cited, three-year research project that documented the impact of occupational therapy on independent-living senior citizens. It was the first study in the field of occupational therapy to be published in the prestigious journal. The Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science published additional results from the study in January.

USC’s Master of Science and Biokinesiology program also took a top spot, ranking second among the nation’s leading programs in that field.

The programs were evaluated from reputational surveys sent to deans, faculty and administrators of accredited graduate programs who assessed the quality of curriculum, faculty and graduates.

The Keck School of Medicine placed 43rd among medical schools in research. The 125 medical schools were ranked based on reputation, research funding, student selectivity and faculty resources.

Other USC entities included in this year’s U.S. News rankings were: Leventhal School of Accounting, 8th; School of Social Work, 8th; School of Engineering, 11th; School of Law, 18th; Marshall School of Business, 21st (No. 6 in the specialty of Entrepreneurship); Master’s in Health Administration program in the School of Planning, Policy, and Development, 29th; and Rossier School of Education, 38th (No. 9 in the specialty of Higher Education Administration).

Occupational Therapy program is best in U.S. – again

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