Advances in science and technology, especially in the areas of communications and information processing, are transforming society and igniting innovations aimed at improving human health. Yet, health care provision and education models have failed to adequately deliver these scientific advances equitably across all populations.
The USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy is committed to transforming how we prepare the next generation of physical therapists to deliver the highest level of care to society. With our longstanding leadership in the field, we are uniquely positioned to develop innovative solutions that integrate our strengths in research, education and clinical service. By leveraging these assets, we can create new value for students, patients and people everywhere.
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Human health and quality of life across the lifespan depend on the ability to move skillfully and efficiently. We strive to advance the scientific understanding of the extraordinarily complex phenomenon of human movement and to develop innovative movement-related interventions that enhance functional capacity and improve performance.
Advances in technology have transformed life in the 21st century, profoundly impacting how we access information, interact with our communities, make discoveries and meet the fundamental needs of society. We embrace the use of technology in education, research and practice. By developing and integrating new technologies we leverage the power of these innovations to better meet the needs of students, patients, the profession and society.
In health care practice and research, emphasis on value has shifted the paradigm from payment for services to payment for outcomes while providing an excellent patient experience. This requires innovative delivery models that redefine the role of physical therapists. Further, innovative educational models provide value by preparing graduates to be expert practitioners in a dynamic health care environment.
Professional practice requires the translation of theory into action. The ultimate purpose of our activities in research and education is to improve practice. We seek new knowledge and understanding of complex biological and psychosocial mechanisms. We translate knowledge into advances in practice. We disseminate these advances to local and global communities of practice.
We are a learning community; we use data to improve the quality of what we do. As we embrace technologies that allow us to analyze vast data sets and to connect with social communities, we recognize that health care and education are most effective, and most humane, when centered on the individual patient or student. To excel as a learning community, we must connect individuals to one another and to the world.
EQUITY, DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND ANTI-RACISM
We recognize that we cannot excel in the practice of physical therapy while ignoring the racism that permeates the system in which we practice. We continually work to enhance our curriculum, transform our practice and broaden our research agenda in order to be a positive force for change throughout our diverse communities. We foster diversity in the recruitment and retention of our students, staff and faculty and strive to provide an inclusive, anti-racist environment where all members of the community are valued and feel welcomed. We aim to use our clinical knowledge, our scholarly work and our influence within the national physical therapy profession to promote population health equity.
TRANSFORMING EDUCATION TO MEET SOCIETAL NEEDS
DEVELOPING LEADERS FOR A RAPIDLY CHANGING HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
INTEGRATING RESEARCH AND PRACTICE TO ADVANCE SCIENCE AND HUMAN HEALTH
INFLUENCING LOCAL AND GLOBAL COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE