The Duquesne China-Health Institute (DCHI), in collaboration with multiple Chinese Universities, began its inception in 2013 with a unique global partnership and health service initiative. The first cohort of students arrived on campus for instruction during the Fall of 2014. The Institute, formerly known as the China Linkage Program, offers Master's degrees in Physical Therapy (DCHI-PT), Occupational Therapy (DCHI-OT) and Speech Language Pathology (DCHI-SLP). Currently, in the Class of 2021, there are 46 full-time students enrolled amongst the three Graduate programs. To date, over 165 graduates have completed their degree in their designated discipline. Today, these alumni serve as clinical leaders and respected educators in their healthcare fields throughout many of China's most renowned and prestigious hospitals and Universities. In addition, the Institute is pleased to announce that it will be accepting their first doctoral students into the Ph.D. program of Health Sciences in the Fall of 2021.
Students may currently select from the fields of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Language Pathology in the Master's degree program. Students enrolled in the program are expected to complete their Master's program in a three semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer) educational term, which will encompass intensive academic preparation, clinical skill training and observation experiences. The specific curriculum for all three 30-credit programs.
Included in the DCHI program are 30+ hours of field work observations at many well-known health institutes and outpatient facilities in the state of Pennsylvania. Some of our partnerships include UPMC Hospitals, Allegheny Health Network, Children's Hospital, and The Children's Institute. Students get to observe many expert clinicians in the greater Pittsburgh region.
The Institute is located on Duquesne University's beautiful city campus located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Classes, along with their corresponding labs, take place within Fisher, Rangos and Bayer Halls. Speech language pathology students have an opportunity to perform clinical components of their education through the University's outpatient SLP clinic.