OT/PT Students

Start making a difference in global health

As a Dalhousie student of either occupational therapy or physiotherapy, you can get involved in global health both in Canada and overseas. These opportunities include:

  • practicum placements
  • global health mini-course

Practicum placements

The GHO and the Schools of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy have partnered to prepare you for practicum placements in Canada and abroad.

As of 2017, partnerships have been established in the following locations:

  • Guyana
  • Ireland (PT only)
  • Canada (Labrador)
  • Scotland (PT only)
  • Uganda

Planning for your global health practicum placement requires a lot of preparation. Use the pre-departure planning checklist to get started.

Applying to the Global Health Office is one of your first steps.

All students participating in international practicums must complete pre-departure training, curriculum developed to help you prepare no matter where you are travel for your practicum. The GHO provides specialized pre-departure training for OT/PT students in the fall.

Student group

There is also a global health student group in occupational therapy. Contact Heidi Lauckner (heidi.lauckner@dal.ca) to learn more.


Before you complete your education at Dalhousie, there are ways that you can begin to nurture your interest in global health education.  Our faculty members are renowned leaders in Global Health research and practice both locally and internationally.

Faculty Research Topics
Dr. Heidi Lauckner
School of Occupational Therapy
Email: Heidi.lauckner@dal.ca
Phone:  902.494.2608
  • Participation
  • Health Professional Education
  • Community Development
  • Collective Occupations
  • Collaborative Community Practice
  • Community Engagement
  • Social Inclusion

Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education
School of Physiotherapy
Phone: (902) 494-3585

For more information on these and other opportunities, please contact:

The Global Health Office
Email: gho@dal.ca