Design and Health

Case-based research focused on patient outcomes in healthcare environments suggests a compelling approach to designing healthier environments all around. Architectural and urban design decision making that is grounded in evidence born of experience and experimentation brings relevant data to bear in evaluating alternatives, managing risk, and in balancing the equation of benefits and costs. A reflexive exchange between architectural research and practice is thus at the core of an emergent paradigm of healthier performance-oriented design.

The Master of Science with a major in Architecture and a concentration in Design and Health is designed for practicing architects, industrial designers, systems engineers, nurses, occupational therapists, clinicians, construction professionals, and health administrators who wish to gain additional expertise in healthcare design. Whatever their career path, graduates will be prepared to serve as consultants or project managers on healthcare design projects in consulting firms, healthcare organizations, and manufacturers; help conduct quality improvement and other healthcare projects; and other leadership roles.

This program is a full-time, post-professional program. It is a research-based program that requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. The objective is to provide students with the theoretical, technical, and applied knowledge and skills to practice within a range of health-related disciplines.

The program offers students major concentrations in one of three clusters:

  • Design for Healthy Aging in the Community
  • Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Design
  • Design in Healthcare Environments


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Craig Zimring

Professor, Director, SimTigrate Design Lab

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