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The Post-Professional OTD requires successful completion of 36 credit hours, including 12 credit hours as electives that allow students to tailor the program to career interests. Graduates will exit the program with an emphasis in either Teaching and Learning, Clinical Research, or Advanced Practice.

Coursework (36 credit hours; 3 credits each)

HFR 8123 Qualitative Methods for the Health Professions

This course provides an introduction to qualitative methods used in the generation and analysis of data relevant to health professionals. (3 credit hours)

HFR 8270 Research Methods for the Health Professions I

This course provides an overview of the role of evidence-based knowledge and research in everyday professional work. Students will be introduced to several bodies of literature to better understand 1) an interdisciplinary perspective on health, and 2) multiple frameworks available to support research questions. As the basis for life-long learning, students will learn to critique articles and base decisions on available evidence. (3 credit hours)

HFR 8271 Research Methods for Health Professionals II

This course continues work initiated in HSCI 6270 Research Methods for the Health Professions I. In Research Methods II, students will build upon their knowledge and skills pertaining to the evaluation of evidence, the development of a research question and the design of a methodology appropriate for the inquiry. An understanding of the mechanics and fundamental components of data analysis will also be covered. Students should have completed HSCI 6270 prior to registering for this course. (3 credit hours)

OT 8220 Measurement of Human Function and Learning

Measurement is an essential feature for quantifying and understanding change in human performance. In particular, this course will focus on changes in performance that occur in clinical environments, in adult educational settings, and in research programs. This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of measuring human function including selecting, implementing, and evaluating assessment tools. Topics include: levels of measurement; purposes (e.g., screening, diagnosis, effectiveness, decision-making); issues in selection of assessment tools; proximity of the measure to the “intervention”; utility including reliability and validity; precision including range, targeting, and sensitivity to change; and efficiency and practicality (including different kinds of assessment e.g. PROM, clinician-observed performance, tool-based). In addition, the course will look at the process of instrument development based on FDA guidelines. The course will provide opportunities to try out and reflect on the experience implementing, scoring, and interpreting different assessments for clinical practice, education, and research purposes. (3 credit hours)

OT 8272 Mixed Methods in Translational Health Sciences

This course provides an introduction to mixed methods as a legitimate design tradition, with a unique set of procedures for data collection, analysis, and strategies to assure rigor and accuracy. The course will begin with an overview of qualitative research traditions as the basis for integrating qualitative and quantitative design components in a mixed methods study. Special emphasis will focus on maintaining the scientific rigor of the predominant design tradition while building in flexibility to adequately address complex translational questions. Learners will design a mixed methods study to address a translational research question.(3 credit hours)

OT 8274 Program Theory and Health Innovations

A translational approach to practice requires health intervention programs that are evidence-based, have a theoretical foundation, and are based on strategies to support fidelity. The purpose of this course is to introduce program theory as the basis for designing health intervention programs that can be tested using scientific methods, replicated in practice, and inform policy. The program development and evaluation process used in this course is applicable to a wide range of health intervention programs, including programs delivered through health education, telemedicine, group therapy, and one-on-one treatment. The deliverables from this course will serve as the basis for the capstone project in OT 6276. (3 credit hours)

OT 8275 Capstone Preparation

This course is designed to result in a well-defined, evidence-based, and feasible capstone proposal, including literature review, problem statement, project goals and procedures, evaluation approach, timeline with benchmarks, recruitment plan, and application for human subjects oversight (i.e., IRB approval), if indicated. Designed as a combination of didactic information, peer discussion, and advisor discussions, this course will train students to more effectively communicate the purpose, rationale/theory, and design of their proposed capstone. (3 credits)

OT 8276 Doctoral Capstone

The mentored doctoral capstone project represents the culmination of the Advanced Practice OT degree. The purpose of the doctoral capstone project is for the learner to demonstrate advanced skills in evidence-based OT practice. Building on work initiated in OT 6274 (Developing and Testing Health Intervention Programs), the learner works collaboratively with a primary mentor and capstone advisory committee to implement and evaluate a project that reflects an identified need in the learner area of practice, and which reflects the GW OTD program’s emphasis on translational science. Doctoral capstone projects will require the learner to synthesize, integrate and apply coursework into a consequential project. Thus, the course is conducted as a doctoral seminar with learners working independently but engaging in structured online discussions with faculty and their learning cohort. (3 credit hours)


Teaching and Learning
  • HFR 8212 Teaching Strategies in the Health Professions
  • HFR 8213 Curriculum Development in the Health Professions
  • HFR 8214 Assessment in Health Professional Education
  • HFR 8215 Technology and Education in Health Professions
Clinical Research
  • HFR 8313 Knowledge Translation in Health Care
  • HFR 8314 Health Care Research
  • OT8215 Quality Improvement Through Translational Practices
  • Select 1 course from another track or the list of Additional Electives
Advanced Practitioner
  • HSCI 6297 Independent Study for Health Professionals
  • Select 3 courses that complement the area of independent study from the other tracks or the list of Additional Electives
Additional Electives


  • OT 8448 Neurocognitive Disorders
  • OT 8450 Cognition and Cognitive Rehabilitation

Health Care Quality and Policy:

  • HCQ 6200 Introduction to Health Care Quality
  • CML 6203 Health Information, Quality, and Outcomes
  • HSCI 6241 The Health Care Enterprise
  • COHM 6220 Finance for Health Care Operations

Leadership in the Health Professions:

  • HFR 8101 Interprofessional Collaboration in Practice
  • HFR 8116 Academic and Clinical Leadership in the Health Professions