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Joint Degree MSOT/MPH Program

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy/Master of Public Health

The health-care professions are adapting and evolving through evidence-based practice, research and technological innovations, and policy reform. In recent years, that adaptation has included broadening the clinical scope to include not only a biomedical view of health, but sociocultural, community and population perspectives as well. There is a significant need locally, nationally and internationally for health care professionals to be trained to address issues of prevention, participation, everyday functional performance, habilitation, and quality of life in persons with chronic disease, disability or sociocultural disadvantage.

The Program in Occupational Therapy and the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis have responded to this need and paradigm shift by developing a joint degree program. The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT)/Master of Public Health (MPH) degree will give students a unique combination of skills and knowledge to benefit communities and populations, and create new pathways of research, practice and health programming. Graduates will be prepared to work in a diverse array of settings including academia, community agencies, government institutions, and nonprofit organizations, and assume leadership roles in public policy, urban planning and advocacy. The program of study requires 123 credit hours, taken over three and a half years.

With the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) degree, you will be eligible to sit for the NBCOT examination to become a practicing occupational therapist. The exam is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), located at One Bank Street, Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878. NBCOT’s phone number is (301) 990-7979 and its web address is See our NBCOT Pass Rate.

A felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification exam or attain state licensure.

The Program in Occupational Therapy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449. ACOTE’s telephone number, c/o AOTA, is (301) 652-AOTA and its web address is

The Brown School’s Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and its web address is

Campus Visit(s)

We encourage you to visit both programs. Visit sessions are held bi-monthly at the Program in Occupational Therapy. To view upcoming visit sessions, please click here or send an email to

The Brown School offers monthly MPH information sessions as well as personalized visits. Please click here to view the schedule of upcoming sessions or to schedule a visit online. You may also contact the Brown School Office of Admissions and Recruitment at (314) 935-6676 or

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