Master of Healthcare Design
The MHCD is one-of-a-kind in the State of Ohio. With the health care industry prominent as an economic driver in the nation, especially in Northeast Ohio, and given the projected increased demand for public health services, this degree equips professionals with requisite and relevant skills unique to the industry. With professional development in mind and the exceptional density of nationally prominent hospitals and health facilities in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, this degree offers students access to seasoned professionals with significant experience in the healthcare design industry.
The MHCD is intended to advance knowledge and address specialized issues within the health care community. The curriculum prepares graduates to function in offices that specialize in design for the health care sector, but also provides graduates the potential to serve as client representatives, or related positions, in the health care industry
Classes and electives during the first year of study provide the student with the context and theory behind healthcare design. Students may take coursework in behavioral science, health science, ethical and cultural issues in health care, and evidence based design. This fundamental coursework will aid architects, administrators, planners and health care professionals to better meet the needs of healthcare service users.
Second year studio classes implement these principles and incorporate codified standards through design problems with the goal of designing for health care. Throughout the curriculum, students learn strategies that facilitate healing, provide greater efficiency, reduce costs, and raise the standards of healthcare design.