Master of Design Studies Design for Human Health Curriculum

The low-residency/online format of the Master of Design Studies in Design for Human Health has been developed to accommodate the working professional. During the low-residency courses, students participate in a week-long intensive period in Boston. These courses are complemented with online activities that take place before and after the intensive.

The program culminates in a thesis completed during the final year of study 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 Requirements

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

*Courses include onsite intensive component

Total Academic Credits: 36

**Applicants without a design background will be required to complete the following courses in place of the Advised Elective. These courses will be required in the first and second semesters.