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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 (MDS-DHH) has been developed to accommodate the working professional. During the fall low-residency courses, completed in the first and third semesters, 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 week.

The program culminates in a thesis completed during the final year of study that connects theory and practice through mentored research and design. The MDS-DHH thesis is grounded in the concept of applying research methods to address practical and real-world issues. The result is an educational experience that will establish a firm foundation to launch a career in the growing profession of designing for physical, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.

  • Curriculum Requirements
  • Elective Courses

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Total Academic Credits: 33

* Courses include onsite intensive component. These courses are offered only in the fall semester.

Students are encouraged to start in the fall semester with the Intensive courses. Students may start, nevertheless, with online courses in the spring: DHH3021 Environmental Psychology and/or an Advised DHH Elective. 

**Applicants without a design background will be required to complete 3.0 credits of Design Media (DME) course work in place of the three (3.0) credits of DHH Advised Elective. These credits are to be completed in the first or second semester. 

      Other approved DME course options are available. 

Spring Starts - Semester 1

*Note: These 2 courses are currently offered onsite at the BAC only.

Not all of the elective courses listed above are offered every semester. Please see Self Service for the elective courses that are being offered for the coming semester.
Please consult with the Program Advisor, Dr. Davis Harte, or the Dean, School of Design Studies, Don Hunsicker, for recommendations regarding selecting electives.
Students may enroll in other electives with the approval of the Dean, School of Design Studies.