Graduate Certificate in Health Systems and Facilities Design

The certificate program is catered to professionals from various fields and backgrounds. The purpose of the certificate program is to develop an understanding of how healthcare operations and quality are implicated 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. This invaluable area of expertise will help you 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 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 two semesters to finish. To view the curriculum and program requirement, please click here.


Early- or mid-career architects and interior designers, educators, students, construction management professionals, healthcare administrators, healthcare providers, nurses, nurse managers, allied healthcare professionals, engineers, human factors experts, quality and safety experts, healthcare executives, or any individual interested in learning how the built environment plays a role in healthcare quality, safety, and experience.


Holding a bachelor’s degree in any field of study


100% online, asynchronous


  • Understand and translate research literature pertaining to design practice
  • Understand the role of design in influencing healthcare outcomes
  • Apply expert knowledge and skills in decision making in collaboration with facilities design stakeholders


We accept applications on a rolling basis. However, the priority deadline for the Fall semester is May 30th and for the spring semester is October 30th. For questions regarding the deadline and application requirements, please email Sara Bayramzadeh, the coordinator of the Healthcare Design program at


Regardless of the applicant's residency status, as of Fall 2018, the tuition rate per credit hour is based on In-State (Ohio Resident) rate of $536 plus additional distance learning fee ($12) and, if applicable, non-Ohio Resident fee of $10. For more information on the current tuition and fee rates please click here. 


Samantha Lingenfelter, MPH, Medical Education Program Coordinator at Summa Health

“Although I did not come from an architecture or design background, the health care design certificate program taught me a significant number of concepts that I have been able to apply in my career. Form and function need to work together in our modern world and keeping up with evidence-based design can make life easier and safer for patients and practitioners, alike. Pairing this certificate with my Master of Public Health tied the subject matter together seamlessly and I now recognize design and health working together every time I go to work. I really enjoyed my experience with the certificate program and encourage others to give it a try.”

Neil Abrams, M.Arch., EDAC, Architectural Intern at IKM Inc.


"Kent State University’s Certificate of Healthcare Facility Design is a wonderful opportunity to explore the many facets of the healthcare market sector.  Not only was I able to participate in design-oriented courses, I was also encouraged to enroll in nursing studies, healthcare administration, finance, and more to have a truly holistic and healthcare-focused education.  Since completing the certificate program in 2014, I have applied the valuable lessons learned to my professional career working on numerous and varied healthcare projects."


Program Coordinator: Sara Bayramzadeh, Ph.D., M.Arch., 330-672-0936