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MDS Design for Human Health Curriculum

Low residency, Online

The low-residency/online format of the Master's of Design Studies in Design for Human Health requires successful completion of 48 academic credits, which can be done in five semesters. The program has been developed to accommodate work and personal demands.

The program consists of ten completely online courses and five required low-residency studio-labs (see curriculum outline below for the course listing). The low-residency studio-labs are completed in the second, third, fourth, and fifth semesters and require students to participate in a week-long intensive study period in Boston. These courses are complemented with online activities that take place before and after the week-long intensive. 

The program culminates in a capstone thesis project, completed during the final required intensive semester, that connects theory and practice through mentored research and design. A key difference between the MDS-DHH thesis and other research- or studio-based theses is the integration of research methods to inform a design hypothesis. The result is an educational experience that will establish a firm foundation to launch a career in the exciting and growing profession of designing for human health. All students are given a customized program that takes into account their unique educational and professional background. 

  • Curriculum Outline

Semester One (12 credits)

• Core (All Online)      DHH3002: Design Representation Through Sketch Up 
• Core (All Online)      DHH3001: Environmental Health (Prerequisite course)
• Core (All Online)      FND3031: Design Theory and Inquiry
• Core (All Online)      DHH3008: Biomechanics

Semester Two (9 Credits)

• Core (Intensive)       DHH3007: Environmental Health Studio-Lab
• Core (All Online)      DHH3006: Environment & Behavior (Prerequisite course)
• Core (All Online)      DHH3003: Neurobiology

Semester Three (9 Credits)

• Core (Intensive)       DHH3009: Environment & Behavior Studio-Lab
• Core (All Online)      DHH3011: Habilitation Design (Prerequisite course)
• Core (All Online)      DHH3004: Design Finance & Management

Semester Four (9 Credits)

• Core (Intensive)       DHH3012: Universal Design Studio-Lab
• Core (All Online)      DHH3010: Policy & Planning
• Core (All Online)      DHH3005: Epidemiology & GIS

Semester Five (9 Credits)

• Core (Intensive)       DHH3013: Research Methods Studio-Lab
• Core (Intensive)       DST3101: Thesis Studio-Lab 

*All intensive and rerequisite courses must be taken at the BAC