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The Master of Healthcare Design (MHD) suits those who want to pursue a career in healthcare design industry, which involves design of hospitals, clinics, and other environments of care. Recently graduated students in architecture or interior design, as well as early- or mid-career architects, interior designers, and design practitioners can utilize this program to hone their design and research skills for a variety of healthcare facilities.
Holding a professional degree in architecture or interior design from a NAAB or CIDA accredited program or an equivalent degree from a non-US institution.
To graduate, a minimum of 35 credit hours must be completed. The program may be completed in three or four semesters, as appropriate. The coursework consists of design studios, applied research, and real-world practice experience. A list of courses and program requirements can be found in the program catalog.
Kent State University is strategically located near Cleveland, Akron, and Pittsburgh with access to some of the key players in the healthcare industry, such as Cleveland Clinic. The working partnership with these healthcare systems and architecture firms in the region as well as existing facilities and faculty expertise have uniquely positioned the MHCD to offer students an enriching experience.
Submit the following materials to the Graduate Studies department. The applications for Fall 2021 must be received by January 15, 2021.
Accredited professional degree in architecture or interior design
Official transcript(s) – a minimum GPA of 3.00 is required.
As of Fall 2019:
Ohio Residents: $536 per credit hour
Non-Ohio Residents: $999 per credit hour
For information about the current tuition and fee rates please click here.
A variety of graduate assistantships, scholarships, research and work opportunities are available to both new and returning graduate students. For more information, please contact the program coordinator or graduate secretary.
“Going through this program allowed me to not only further my education and gain more experience in the healthcare field, but also explore my passion of design. The program gave me the opportunity to work with other architects and designers who share my passion of creating a more efficient and effective healing environment. The classes allowed enough flexibility that I could complete the assignments while working and offered many different resources that I could explore on my own. The final master's project allowed me work more specifically on researching a topic I was interested in. I am very glad I was able to complete the master’s degree in Health Care Design at Kent State University.”
“I am very grateful to Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design for establishing a graduate program solely dedicated to Health Care Design. The program offers a profound understanding of Health Care deeply rooted in interdisciplinary literature and practices. Knowledge acquired is invaluable and will always be treasured throughout my career.”
“The Healthcare Design program at Kent State University provided me with a great background knowledge and theory in the Healthcare field in general and gave me a strong foundation in the field of health care design. The online system of the M.H.C.D. program is a big advantage that allow students to work and live their usual life. Another advantage is that students have multiple options of classes to choose from. Enrolling to this program changed my view of the health care facilities from just a building that provide patients with treatments to a healing environment that provide quality care, improve safety and comfort, and reduce stress.”
"Toward a model of Safety and Care for Trauma Room Design" is a $2.4 grant project awarded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The project aims to help save patients' lives by improving the design of Level I trauma rooms.
Safety in healthcare settings is one of the foremost determinants of quality. Safety is a key measure for hospitals’ performance which has direct financial implications from expenditure and reimbursement standpoints. Some of the current safety related research efforts are focused on patient safety in psychiatric units and patient falls.
Efficiency as pertain to promoting value-added activities and reducing non-value-added activities can be significantly influenced by the design of the environment. Examples include extended walking distances, excessive movement, prolonged wait time.
End users in healthcare facilities are susceptible to stress due to undergoing a health issue or providing care for a patient. To reduce stress and increase satisfaction among end users, the built environment can be instrumental by providing positive distraction, reducing wait time, therapeutic features, and accommodating for patient families.
As baby boomers are aging, associated aging support services need to be offered; however, the imbalanced age promotion is indicating a lack of enough young workforce to support the rapidly-growing aging population. An independent lifestyle can compensate for such a shortfall. Aging in place is a concept that promotes independent living in one’s residence and is directly influenced by the design of the built environment.