Course Detail


OCTH 210ITL Seminar in Occupational Therapy: International Experience (3 units)

Taiwan started its health reform in the 1980s after experiencing two decades of economic growth. Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI) may be said to be a high performing health care system compared with many other health care systems around the world.

The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities for students to gain an international perspective on the practice of occupational therapy in Taiwan, which aligns with one of CASA's missions to empower graduates to become exemplary members of a diverse and global community. The itinerary is specifically designed to facilitate students' understanding of Taiwanese culture as well as the unique universal healthcare system. To understand the culture and healthcare system, students will visit a nationwide well-known medical center, explore historical sites, have opportunities to exchange knowledge with occupational therapy (OT) students in Taiwan, and learn to address global health issues.

Students will obtain the ability to analyze the policy issues and societal factors, such as economic, political, cultural, and demographic factors, that influence OT practice in Taiwan. Particularly, the policy issues related to disability in the Universal Healthcare System (National Health Insurance). Students will be able to articulate how occupational therapists collaborate with inter-professional teams, clients, families, schools, and communities in the design and implementation of sustainable and culturally relevant visits. Students will be able to reflect on the impact of the international experience on their professional development.