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The Master of Healthcare Design degree is a post-professional degree and one of the very few in the country focusing on the design of healthcare facilities. The MHCD program equips students with the knowledge and skills required to design spaces that are conducive to safety, satisfaction, and efficiency for all end users, including patients, staff, and caregivers. The MHD program is also designed for those professionals who want to have a deeper understanding of not just healthcare design, but of other drivers of healthcare innovations such as public policy, reimbursement, emerging technologies and what patient-centered care really means from the perspective of patients and families.
Upon graduation, our alumni are employed in healthcare-focused architecture and design firms. Kent State University's Healthcare Design program is also a member of the AIA's Design & Health Research Consortium.
Program curriculum is diverse by complementing required courses with electives from Colleges of Public Health, Nursing, and beyond. Connecting with professionals in the field is one of the core missions of the program, expanding students’ network and exposure to real-world projects.
To earn the degree, students must complete a master's project by designing a healthcare environment of their choice. Students will develop research-based design guidelines for their individual projects to guide their designs. The program takes one and a half or two years to complete, depending on course load.
- 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.
|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|
|PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION|
|HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS|
|PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY, LAW AND ETHICS|
|OBAMACARE AND 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 60199||MASTER’S PROJECT PREPARATION||3|
|HCD 60299||MASTER’S PROJECT STUDIO||6|
|Directed Electives 1|
|Minimum Total Credit Hours:||35|
Students may work with the coordinator of the program for additional elective choices.