Healthcare and Healing Environments, MSD

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The MSD with a concentration in design of health care and healing environments is focused on the science and experiences behind the built environment's real and perceived impacts on health and wellness. To this end, the concentration in design of health care and healing environments emphasizes the intersection and integration of evidence-based research and practice, transdisciplinary studies, best practices, and innovation in supporting and advancing the design of healthy environments, products and processes. This concentration enables students to explore and synthesize principles from a variety of disciplines that include innovation, architecture, design, communication, human behavior, policy, quality and performance improvement, among others, to arrive at a thorough understanding of the critical issues facing the health care industry.

Students in this concentration will have opportunities to:

  • be mentored by local health care design consultants
  • communicate with forward-thinking health care research centers
  • engage directly with real clients
  • interact with prominent health care organizations
  • participate in industry conferences
  • team with nursing and health innovation faculty and students

Program offered

Healthcare and Healing Environments, MSD

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts

Location
Tempe

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Program requirements

Students may choose to complete the graduate work by way of a thesis or an applied project. A master's degree thesis is a scholarly endeavor that demonstrates the ability of the author to do supervised research and intellectual writing. The applied project is somewhat different. It includes a project and a written document and is a scholarly endeavor that demonstrates the ability of the designer to do supervised research and present substantial evidence of the ability to apply research creatively to a design situation.