The Master of Sciences in Human Sciences with an emphasis in healthcare interior design offers students the opportunity to earn a master's degree that can enhance income and marketability. Students learn design guidelines for multiple healthcare environments and also dialogue with nationally recognized healthcare design experts. Students also have the opportunity to engage in research to support evidence-based design.


The healthcare interior design program prepares students for the Center for Health Design's Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) exam and the American Association of Healthcare Interior Designers (AAHID) certification exam. Currently, our students have a 100% pass rate on both exams. Our alumni hail from locations across the U.S. and are employed by companies such as


Healthcare interior design students may choose either the 30-hour thesis option or the 36-hour non-thesis option. The curriculum is designed around the body of knowledge outlined by the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers. Courses available for students pursuing the MSHS with a Healthcare Interior Design emphasis include:


  • Design of Long-term Care/Senior Living Facilities (3 credit hours)

  • Design of Ambulatory/Outpatient Care Facilities (3 credit hours)

  • Design of Acute Care Facilities (3 credit hours)

  • Design of Other Medical Facilities (3 credit hours)

  • Graduate Design Studio (3 credit hours)

  • Advanced Practicum/Internship (3 credit hours)

  • Social Inquiry/Research Methods (3 credit hours)

  • Data Analysis (3 credit hours)

  • Advanced Lighting (3 credit hours)

  • Student-selected courses in area of interest (9 credit hours from Sustainable Factors, Advanced Housing, Aging and Adult Development, education courses for teaching, new course in development with School of Nursing)

Our students are doing great research and work in the field! Check out this feature in Interiors + Sources magazine on current student Laura Maher!

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Master of Science in Human Sciences

Healthcare Interior Design Emphasis


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