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Master of Health Care Design

The Master of Health Care Design (MHCD) is a post-professional degree that focuses on the design and performance of health care environments. The degree is for professionals with a demonstrated level of competency in their respective field. Applicants should possess at least one of the following degrees:
  • a professional NAAB accredited degree in Architecture
  • a professional CIDA accredited degree in Interior Design
  • a professional LAAB accredited degree in Landscape Architecture
  • a NASAD accredited degree in Visual Communication Design
  • an accredited degree from another nation besides the United States, (e.g. a RIBA [Royal Institute of British Architects] accredited degree)

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.

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. 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.

Students in the Master of Health Care Design program must earn at least a total of 32 credit hours.

Master of Health Care Design Curriculum

Year One


AED 63001

Evidence Based Design in Health Care


ARCH 63002

Health Care Facilities l


ARCH 63003

Health Care Facilities ll


EHS 52018

Environmental Health Concepts


HPM 53003

Health Care Systems


 Plus one of the following two courses:

HPM 53004

Public Health Policy, Law and Ethics


NURS 60450

Ethical and Cultural Issues for Health Professionals


Plus one from the following list:

ARCH 55640

Developing Environments for Older Adults


HPM 52016

Public Health Administration


HPM 53005

Financial Management for Public Health Organizations


SBS 50020

Social and Behavioral Science Theories in Public Health


Year Two


XXXX xxxxx

Directed Elective


AED 6xxxx

Health Care Design I-Design Investigation Capstone Proposal



AED 6xxxx

Health Care Design II-Capstone Project


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Application Requirements + Advising

CAED Graduate Programs Open House - October 11, 2014

If you have questions, please contact:

Ms. Lisa Pozo
Administrative Secretary, CAED Graduate Programs
330-672-3765 -