A certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship with a concentration in social entrepreneurship for occupational therapy doctoral students
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Occupational therapy practitioners are in a unique position to address occupational injustices through social entrepreneurship—entrepreneurship for a social cause. Despite the potential contribution that occupational therapists can have in this space, they may not understand how they can address occupational injustices as social entrepreneurs and may not receive the education to develop the skills to successfully launch and sustain a social enterprise. A recent review of the top 10 occupational therapy programs in the United States indicated that only half of the programs explicitly included entrepreneurship in their curricula (Gigi, 2020). Anderson and Nelson (2011) also noted this limitation and recommended that the profession offer more academic support to advance students’ knowledge of entrepreneurship. Barriers to implementing such recommendations may include health care professors’ limited knowledge about entrepreneurship and administrators’ lack of support. Further, when entrepreneurship is included in education programs, it is aligned more often with the mission of health care professions than with social entrepreneurship. The proposed program, a certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship with a social-entrepreneurship concentration for entry level Duke University occupational therapy students, addresses some barriers that historically may have impeded the advancement of entrepreneurship education in health professions. The certificate includes two required business fundamental courses and two elective occupational therapy social-entrepreneurship courses followed by group coaching. Duke occupational therapy doctoral students will have the option to focus their capstone on certificate completion. This model can provide occupational therapy students with the foundation they need to optimally address occupational injustices as social entrepreneurs.