The fundamental mission of the department of occupational therapy supports the mission of UTRGV and College of Health Affairs by preparing graduate level professionals capable of meeting the challenges of health care and community environments, and the unique needs of the growing international and multi-cultural populations of the south Texas region.  Faculty and students engage in and promote scholarly inquiry and service which support the health and wellness of the community.  The preservation, transmission, and creation of knowledge result in exemplary and caring practice.