The Elliot Program for Health Care Design | College of Architecture & Environmental Design | Kent State University

The Elliot Program for Health Care Design

Master of Health Care Design

The Master of Health Care Design (MHCD) is a post-professional degree and one of the very few focusing on Health care Design. The health care industry now contributes to 17% of the US economy making it a key economic force. The MHCD program is designed to prepare graduates for the highly competitive field of healthcare design through a combination of design studios, applied research, and real-world practice experience. The curriculum consists of background courses and specialized courses to fuel students’ design skills. The coursework covers areas around understanding the US health care systems, universal design, evidence-based design, systems thinking, and human factors, across different facility types and patient populations. This will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to design healthcare spaces that are conducive to safety, satisfaction, and efficiency for all end users, including patients, staff, and caregivers.

The depth and breadth of learning will allow students to develop a specialized design project while gaining a broad range of knowledge about variety of healthcare facilities and patient populations. The design focus of this program trains students to creatively develop design strategies that are supported by evidence while supporting sustainable and smart solutions. The Length of the program is approximately two years. Upon graduation, our alumni are employed in healthcare-focused architecture and design firms. The diverse body of our students takes the health care experience to an international level.

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Graduate Certificate in Health Care Facilities

The graduate certificate program is catered to professionals or full-time students from various fields and backgrounds, such as architecture, interior design, healthcare administration, and health care. The purpose of the certificate program is to develop an understanding of how healthcare operations and quality are implied by design strategies. Given that healthcare industry is prominent as an economic driver in the US as well as the increasing demand in health services, providing human-centered environments is essential.  

Coursework consists of core and elective courses. Core courses overlap with courses offered in the Master of Health Care Design program, and focus on understanding the US healthcare systems, universal design, evidence-based design, systems thinking, and human factors, across different facility types and patient populations. This invaluable area of expertise will help you to participate in facility development that will maximize efficiency and quality of patient care, all in an effort to raise the standard of healthcare facilities.

The program is delivered fully online, offering flexibility to working professionals. To complete the Graduate Certificate, students must earn at least a total of 12 credit hours by enrolling in five core courses and at least one elective course. The program typically takes one to two semesters to finish, depending on the course load.

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Health Care Seminar Summaries