School of Social Development & Occupational Therapy

Welcome to the School where dreams are achieved… and fullest potentials are attained.

Available Programmes

  • Professional Diploma in Occupational Therapy
    (Medical Rehabilitation Board of Nigeria MRBN)
  • Diploma in Social Development
    (National Board of Technical Education)
  • Social Welfare
  • Psych-Social Rehabilitation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Community Development
  • NYSC after the programme

Our Facilities

School of Social Development and Occupational Therapy has very conducive lecture halls. We also have a well-equipped computer lab for e-learning. This is to help students and staff to leverage the power of information technology and the web. Also, our Therapy Room for treatments and practical sessions is equipped with the latest hand tools and devices.

Our Vision

To be the foremost Social Development and Occupational Therapy School in Africa and across the World.

Our Mission

Equipping individuals with preventive and remedial knowledge to work related illness and social needs.

Motto – Pioneering Education and Rehabilitation
Established – 2018
Type – Public
Academic Staff – 30+
Students – 200+
Location – UPTH
Language – English
Nickname – SOSDOT
Color – Blue

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Regulatory body – NBTE, MRBN

Our Core Values

S – Social Value
O – Operational
S – Self Improvement
D – Diverse
O –
T – Therapeutic

The School of Social Development and Occupational Therapy at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital is presently comprised of two main branches–the Department of Social Development and the Department of Occupational Therapy. To understand what the discipline is all about, see below:

What exactly is Social Development?
To put it succinctly, Social Development is the process of empowering individuals through education and entrepreneurship programmes to help them reach their full potentials so as to contribute positively in the society.

Career Opportunities in Social Development:
Health Educator
Disaster Manager
Student Counsellor
School Social Work
Medical Social Worker
Child and Adult Education
Substance Abuse Counsellor
Mental Health Social Worker
Marriage and Family Therapist
Social and Community Service Manager

And What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is the arts and science–a branch of health care–that helps people of all ages who have physical, sensory, or cognitive problems. OT can help them regain independence in all areas of their lives.
Occupational therapists help with barriers that affect a person’s emotional, social, and physical needs. To do this, they use everyday activities, exercises, and other therapies.

Career Opportunities in Occupational Therapy:
Occupational Therapist
Special Teacher

Impact of Social Development and Occupational Therapy on Society?
Self-Reliance of individuals or groups with challenges and disabilities—fostering maximum functionality within the limit of their challenges.
Provides individuals with adaptive devices
Home modification to suit individuals
Environmental modification.

A Brief History of SOSDOT

The School of Social Development and Occupational Therapy in the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital was established under the leadership of the Chief Medical Director, UPTH–Professor Henry A.A. Ugboma in 2018. The school came into existence as a result of the Hospitals’ desire to provide a learning institute for her students, staff and even prospective students. Before the formation of the school, staff of the hospital were sent to the East (Enugu) for training–for there was none in the entire southern region.
SOSDOT UPTH officially kicked off academic activities in 2019 under the watch of the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee UPTH–Professor Princewill C. Stanley (, MBBS, FWACP, FMCPSY, MNIM). The new school’s orchestration and day to day affairs remain under the capable hands of the SOSDOT champion and Coordinator–Opusunju S. Clifford (B.Sc., M.Sc, FIMC, FICAN, CMC, AHAN).

Opusunju S. Clifford (B.Sc., M.Sc, FIMC, FICAN, CMC, AHAN).

Also instrumental to the SOSDOT story is the person of the Director of Administration UPTH-Deacon Chief Akie Opuene Heart who in his capacity extended the academic spectrum to the newly established department of Occupational Therapy.


Int’l Occupational Therapy Day
Int’l Social Work Day
Student’s Week
Xmas Carol

School Anthem
We are created as human Asset with
We are to save life with Passion and care
We rehabilitate to reform and Transform
With sportsmanship and altruism


We are learning to save life
We are un-learning to save life
We are re-learning to save life

A First Rate World Class Hospital

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