This course of study is open to any graduate student. The course of study is offered in an online format (no residency requirements), and is designed for working professionals as well as full time students.
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 certificate will equip professionals from a variety of fields with requisite and relevant skills for the next several decades. With this economic perspective in mind, this Graduate Certificate will offer students access to highly skilled and seasoned professionals across the country who possess significant experience in the healthcare design industry.
Classes provide the student with a basic core of background and theory. Courses deal with 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.
Students in the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Facilities program must earn at least a total of 20 credit hours. The program typically takes one to one and a half years to complete, depending on course load.
The MHCD is currently the only post-professional Masters in Health Care Design program in the country The program is designed to give recently graduated professionals or seasoned professionals the additional knowledge and skills to practice in the highly competitive field of health care design. The health care industry now contributes to 17% of our nation's economy. Health care design and construction has been steadily increasing since 2012, and is estimated to reach $40–45B in 2015.
The MHCD is intended to advance knowledge and address specialized issues within the health care community. The curriculum not only 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
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.
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