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Master of Healthcare Design Project

Healthcare Design - M.H.D.

Looking to combine your passion for healthcare with your interest in design? Look no further than the Master of Healthcare Design degree. With a strong emphasis on evidence-based design and interdisciplinary collaboration, this program prepares graduates to create innovative, patient-centered environments that enhance the healing process. From hands-on design studios to research opportunities, the M.H.D. degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in healthcare design.

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The Elliot Master of Healthcare Design (MHD) Program at Kent State University is a post-professional degree and one of the very few focusing on the design of healthcare facilities. The MHD program equips students with the knowledge and skills required to design spaces that are conducive to safety, satisfaction, and efficiency for all end users, including patients, staff, and caregivers. Upon graduation, our alumni are employed in healthcare-focused architecture and design firms. Kent State University's Healthcare Design program is also a member of the AIA's Design & Health Research Consortium.

Who Should Enroll

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.

Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Master of Healthcare Design degree is a post-professional degree and one of the very few in the country focusing on the design of healthcare facilities. The MHCD program equips students with the knowledge and skills required to design spaces that are conducive to safety, satisfaction, and efficiency for all end users, including patients, staff, and caregivers. The MHD program is also designed for those professionals who want to have a deeper understanding of not just healthcare design, but of other drivers of healthcare innovations such as public policy, reimbursement, emerging technologies and what patient-centered care really means from the perspective of patients and families.

Upon graduation, our alumni are employed in healthcare-focused architecture and design firms. Kent State University's Healthcare Design program is also a member of the AIA's Design & Health Research Consortium.

Program curriculum is diverse by complementing required courses with electives from Colleges of Public Health, Nursing, and beyond. Connecting with professionals in the field is one of the core missions of the program, expanding students’ network and exposure to real-world projects.

To earn the degree, students must complete a master's project by designing a healthcare environment of their choice. Students will develop research-based design guidelines for their individual projects to guide their designs. The program takes one and a half or two years to complete, depending on course load.

Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Accredited professional design degree 
  • Minimum 2.750 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale 
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Goal statement
  • Portfolio of design work that clearly delineates the role played by the applicant in team projects
  • Three letters of recommendations, with one letter from a non-academic source
  • English language proficiency requirements for international students:
    • Minimum 550 TOEFL PBT score
    • Minimum 79 TOEFL IBT score
    • Minimum 77 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 58 PTE score
    • Minimum 110 Duolingo English score

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Application Deadline: February 1
  • Spring Semester
    • Application Deadline: June 1

Applications submitted after these deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Recognize and employ expert knowledge, guidelines and regulations in healthcare design and delivery
  2. Design effectively in support of safety, quality and efficiency in healthcare
  3. Design empathetically to improve human-centered design experience for healthcare providers, patients and support communities
  4. Employ and translate research into innovative designs
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
HCD 60000HEALTHCARE DESIGN STUDIO 6
HCD 60092PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE 1
HCD 60100HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS WORKSHOP 3
HCD 60101HEALTHCARE DESIGN WORKSHOP: CULTURE AND ETHICS 3
HCD 63001EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN IN HEALTHCARE 2
HCD 63002HEALTHCARE FACILITIES 2
HCD 63003ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS AND MATERIALS IN HEALTHCARE 2
HCD 63004ENVIRONMENTS OF CARE AND PATIENT POPULATIONS 2
HCD 63005PATIENT SAFETY AND SYSTEMS THINKING 2
Major Elective, choose from the following:3
ARCH 55640
DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
EHS 50109
LABORATORY SAFETY AND HYGIENE
EHS 52018
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH CONCEPTS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
EHS 53012
OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
EHS 53014
BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC HEALTH
HPM 52016
PUBLIC HEALTH ADMINISTRATION
HPM 63003
HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
HPM 63004
PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY, LAW AND ETHICS
HPM 63012
NATIONAL HEALTH REFORM
NURS 60014
LEADERSHIP IN NURSING AND HEALTH CARE MANAGEMENT
NURS 60020
LEGAL AND REGULATORY MANAGEMENT FOR NURSE ADMINISTRATORS
NURS 60024
HEALTH CARE ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE AND BEHAVIOR
SBS 54634
SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH BEHAVIORS
Directed Electives 1
Culminating Requirement
HCD 61099MASTER’S PROJECT PREPARATION 3
HCD 62099MASTER’S PROJECT STUDIO 6
Minimum Total Credit Hours:35
1

Students may work with the coordinator of the program for additional elective choices.

Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus

Why Kent State?

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 MHD to offer students an enriching experience. 

Other Relevant Information

Research & Our Work

RESEARCH

TOWARD A MODEL OF SAFETY AND CARE FOR TRAUMA ROOM DESIGN

"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.

OUR WORK

STUDENT WORK: Visit the www.caedXgallery.com for student work and online exhibitions. 

RESEARCH WORK: Visit our Trauma Simulation Project.


Faculty
Our Alumni
Caitlin Raymond, MHD

“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.”

Bishal Thapa Chetry, MHD

“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.”

Marwa Ibrahem, MHD, Senior Healthcare Architect

“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.”

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Architects, except landscape and naval

0.8%

little or no change

129,900

number of jobs

$82,320

potential earnings

Architectural and engineering managers

2.6%

slower than the average

198,100

number of jobs

$149,530

potential earnings

Architecture teachers, postsecondary

5.1%

faster than the average

8,500

number of jobs

$90,880

potential earnings

Interior designers

-4.9%

decline

77,900

number of jobs

$57,060

potential earnings

Notice:

* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.

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