Master of Professional Studies in Healthcare Interior Design
The Master of Professional Studies in Healthcare Interior Design (MPS-H) is a one-year, post-professional program providing practicing designers and healthcare professionals with broad knowledge of current issues, research, and theory in the design of healthcare interiors, including a focused studio experience.
As the healthcare industry rapidly expands to accommodate the growing needs of the aging baby boom generation and the global population explosion, designers must be increasingly responsive to this growing field and its complexities.
The curriculum has two complementary threads: understanding healing and restorative environments, and the business of healthcare. Courses include knowledge in research methods, history and theory of healthcare, environmental and behavioral studies, and applied design. Green design and lighting research related to health, productivity, and precision are integral parts of the course of study. The program is designed for students of varied backgrounds who understand that in the healthcare field, business and design are inextricably intertwined.
Students will graduate from the program with a unique set of skills that will make them highly desirable as members of design and planning teams. They will be prepared to practice as healthcare specialist designers, researchers for architectural and design firms, facility planners in healthcare institutions, and other administrative and design management positions within the broad healthcare industry. Note: completion of this program does not lead to licensure in architecture or interior design.
- The program requires full-time study.
- All classes are in the evenings and on weekends.
- Portfolio is required for those with a design background; optional for those with an extensive background in healthcare.
Read a profile with Victor Dadras, program coordinator of the MPS Healthcare Interior Design Program.
MPS-H Curriculum (30 Credits)
710 Survey of Healthcare Environments (3 credits)
711 Introduction to Research Methods (3)
712 The Business of Healthcare (3)
715 History & Theory of Healthcare (3)
719 Materials, Textiles, & Furnishings for Healthcare Settings (3)
720 Healthcare Studio I (3)
721 Applied Research Methods (3)
722 Building Systems for Healthcare (3
730 Healthcare Studio II (3)
731 Programming for Healthcare Environments (3)
Read MPS-H Course Descriptions here.
MPS-H Program Advisory Board
Rosalyn Cama, president, CAMA Incorporated
Tama Duffy Day, principal, Healthcare Global Interior Design Leader, Perkins + Will
Susan DiMotta, principal, Perkins Eastman
Michael Graves, FAIA, founding principal, Michael Graves & Associates
J. Andrew Jarvis, AIA , Managing Principal, EwingCole
George J. Mann, professor, Skaggs‐Sprague Endowed Chair of Health Facilities Design, Texas A&M University