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Design for Human Health

Master of Design Studies

Design for Human Health

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Design for Human Health; © Boston Architectural College

Announcements

Accepting applications for Spring 2015. Apply today. For more information please contact Paige Manning in Admissions at 617-585-0137 or paige.manning@the-bac.edu

Dak Kopec

BAC Director of Design for Human Health

With a joint emphasis on human health and the design of the built environment, the Master of Design Studies in Design for Human Health, is a unique degree program developed to provide students with the knowledge to assess and design private, public, and community environments based on the human dimensions of physical activity, cognitive performance, and psychological wellbeing.

This program which is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester, utilizes an interdisciplinary approach that merges biological and social sciences with design skills to better serve those who have suffered a traumatic injury, have been compromised as a result of disease or chronic illness, or have diminished capabilities as a result of natural human development or aging processes.

Delivered in a low-residency, online format, the MDS in Design for Human Health allows students to maintain full-time employment while providing the practicing designer or health professional to specialize in the growing field of human health and wellness in relation to the built environment.

Approach

The Masters of Design Studies in Design for Human Health (MDS-DHH) is a post professional graduate degree based on a low-residency model that provides students with specialized knowledge and skills related to the design of landscapes and the built environment for the explicit purpose of preserving human health. Candidates who complete this program will be able to assess and design private, public, and community spaces based on the human dimensions of physical activity, cognitive performance, and personal wellbeing. The MDS-DHH utilizes an interdisciplinary approach that merges biological and social sciences with design skills that will better serve the populations who have suffered a traumatic injury, have been compromised as a result of disease or chronic illness, or have diminished capabilities as a result of natural human development or aging processes. Once accepted into the program, each student will complete 45 credits over five semesters, which will include four 8-day intensive residencies and a final graduate level thesis based on a student's subject of interest. More

Curriculum

The Master of Design Studies in Design for Human Health may be completed in five semesters although the program allows for some flexibility in scheduling lecture courses which may be taken over more semesters to allow room for work and other demands. More