Healthcare Design - M.H.D.
Center for Architecture and Environmental Design
The Master of Healthcare Design degree is a post-professional program focusing on the design and performance of health care environments for professionals with a demonstrated level of competency in their respective fields. Courses from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the College of Public Health and the College of Nursing comprise the program, which is open to individuals with a professional degree in a design field, including architecture, interiors, landscape or urban or graphic design.
The program is also designed for those professionals who want to have a deeper understanding of not just health care design, but of other drivers of health care innovations such as public policy, reimbursement, emerging technologies and what patient-centered care really means from the perspective of patients and families. The program typically takes two to three and a half years to complete, depending on course load.
Students are introduced to professionals in many different fields over the course of the program, expanding their horizons as well as their networks. Program courses provide students with background knowledge and theory, and also deal with behavioral science, health science, ethical and cultural issues in health care, codes and regulatory requirements, existing and emerging technologies and evidence-based design procedures that aid architects, administrators, planners and health care professionals to better meet the needs of end users, including patients, families and staff.
Following successful completion of coursework, students complete a master's project, which integrates learned principles and incorporates codified standards through an independently-directed design problem with the goal of improving designs for health care. There is both a written component and a design component based on a real project in a health care setting of the student's choice. Students will conduct a literature review and analysis, complete comparable site analyses, develop and conduct a research project in the setting and develop design solutions.
Fully Offered At:
- Kent Campus
- Accredited professional design degree for unconditional admission
- Minimum 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale for unconditional admission
- Official transcript(s)
- Résumé or curriculum vitae
- Goal statement
- Portfolio of design work that clearly delineates the role played by the applicant in team projects
- Three letters of recommendations, with one letter from a non-academic source
- English language proficiency requirements for international students:
- Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score
- Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score
- Minimum 77 MELAB score
- Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
- Minimum 58 PTE score.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Employ and translate research into innovative designs
- Recognize and employ expert knowledge, guidelines and regulations in healthcare design and delivery
- Design effectively in support of safety, quality and efficiency in healthcare
- Design empathetically to improve human-centered design experience for healthcare providers, patients and support communities.
|HCD 60000||HEALTHCARE DESIGN STUDIO||6|
|HCD 60092||PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE||1|
|HCD 60100||HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS WORKSHOP||3|
|HCD 60101||HEALTHCARE DESIGN WORKSHOP: CULTURE AND ETHICS||3|
|HCD 63001||EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN IN HEALTHCARE||2|
|HCD 63002||HEALTHCARE FACILITIES||2|
|HCD 63003||ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND MATERIALS IN HEALTHCARE||2|
|HCD 63004||ENVIRONMENTS OF CARE AND PATIENT POPULATIONS||2|
|HCD 63005||PATIENT SAFETY AND SYSTEMS THINKING||2|
|Major Elective, choose from the following:||3|
|DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS|
|LABORATORY SAFETY AND HYGIENE|
|ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONCEPTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH|
|OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH|
|BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH|
|LONG TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION|
|PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION|
|HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS|
|PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY, LAW AND ETHICS|
|NATIONAL HEALTH REFORM|
|LEADERSHIP IN NURSING AND HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT|
|LEGAL AND REGULATORY MANAGEMENT FOR NURSE ADMINISTRATORS|
|HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE AND BEHAVIOR|
|SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH BEHAVIORS|
|HCD 60198||MASTER'S PROJECT IN HEALTHCARE DESIGN I||3|
|HCD 60298||MASTER'S PROJECT IN HEALTHCARE DESIGN II||6|
|Directed Electives 1|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||35|
Students may work with the coordinator of the program for additional elective choices.