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Master of Design Studies Design for Human Health

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The Master of Design Studies in Design for Human Health is a 4-semester post-professional degree that merges physical and social sciences with spatial design. Students gain specialized knowledge and skills in the growing field of designing for human health and wellness. The unique curriculum teaches students to assess and design public, private, and corporate spaces to respond to human needs, with the goal of complementing and enhancing physical activity, cognitive performance, and psychological well being.

Courses delve into sociology, biomechanics, neurobiology, behavior, and psychology, exploring the ways they intersect with design theory. In hands-on studio-labs, students confront real world problems, brainstorming solutions and developing prototypes of their own designs. The program culminates in a practical thesis project that expands on a specific subject of interest.

The Highlights

  • Flexible online courses allow students to earn their master’s degree in design while working full time.
  • We use a range of digital tools to support online learning, including Skype, VoiceThread, and WebEx desktop sharing.
  • Instructors are professionals in the field and bring current perspectives into the digital classroom.
  • Week-long residencies on campus in downtown Boston allow students to connect with their faculty, collaborate with their classmates, and engage hands-on with their coursework.
  • The BAC is a fully accredited nonprofit college with more than 125 years of experience educating design professionals.

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the path to your degree

Master of Design Studies Design for Human Health Curriculum

program outcomes

  • Assess private, public, and community environments based on the human dimensions of physical activity, cognitive performance, and personal wellbeing.
  • Identify relevant information from biological and social sciences that apply to the successful designs intended to enhance human health.
  • Develop aesthetically pleasing and functional designs for a specific health concern.
  • List items used within the construction and selection of finish materials known to promote or detract from optimal physical and cognitive health.
  • Address through design interventions a given physical or cognitive health issue that has significant ties back to the physical environment.
  • Articulate through multimedia a cost benefit and return on investment analysis and statistical representation of a given design on human health outcomes.

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