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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 Master of Health Care Design is the only post-professional degree of its kind in the country. With the health care industry as an economic driver in the nation, especially in Northeast Ohio, and given the projected increased demand for public health services, this degree will equip professionals with requisite and relevant skills for the next several decades. With a significant number of nationally prominent hospitals and health facilities in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, this degree will offer students access to highly skilled and seasoned professionals in the region who possess significant experience in the health care design industry.

Classes and electives during the first year of study, offered online and primarily in the evening, provide students with a basic core of design, operational and health management trends. Courses address behavioral science, health science, ethical and cultural issues in health care, and evidence based design procedures which aid architects, administrators, planners and health care professionals to better meet the needs of end users.

Second year is a capstone program to integrate these principles and incorporate codified standards through design problems with the goal of improving designs for health care. There is both a written component and design component based on a real project in a health care setting of the student’s choice.  It is structured to have multiple 3-5 day on-campus working sessions throughout the academic year, with individual directed projects and reviews completed with an advisory group of faculty and both health care and design professionals in the field. Students will conduct  literature review and analysis, complete comparable site analyses, develop and conduct a research project in the setting, and develop design solutions.

The Master of Health Care Design is intended to move beyond the basic knowledge platform to address improved operations within the health care community. The degree offers design oriented exploration into how future physical designs in health care will facilitate safety and wellness, enhance the patient experience, provide greater efficiency in staffing and reduce costs. The Master of Health Care Design is intended as a creative and practical approach for design professionals that culminates, as a design degree, with the comprehensive capstone project.

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 Patient Populations


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



AED 6xxxx

Health Care Design II-Capstone Project


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Application Requirements + Advising

If you have questions, please contact:

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