This unique program combines theory and practice to prepare designers and architects to effectively innovate design projects that support the health and wellness of diverse individuals and communities, whether in private, public, or commercial spaces. Throughout the program, students will investigate gradually more complex elements that impact design decisions for health and wellness, including learning ways to assess and enhance private, public and commercial spaces while examining the relationships between the environment, physical & psychological conditions for health, behavior theories, spatial design, industry standards and best practices. Students will learn to develop basic prototypes and to complete research-based design proposals for health and wellness in response to specific design challenges. 

Each course can be taken individually upon completion of the prerequisite course called “Design for Health & Wellness Foundation.” The latter course also serves as one of the five core required courses in the Design for Health & Wellness certificate program.


This program is for aspiring and experienced interior designers and architects seeking a specialization in spatial design for health and wellness; and for any adult interested in learning to make informed decisions related to such topics. For those students without prior design or architecture background, this certificate program does not provide full-fledged education to become a designer or architect; however this program will prepare you to collaborate effectively with designers and architects, such as within multi-disciplinary teams focusing on health and wellness. For those who already have a background in design or architecture, this program will advance your knowledge base and skills to work on design projects for health and wellness.


This certificate program requires the successful completion of 136 hours of study, corresponding to five core courses. Students must take the prerequisite course called "Design for Health & Wellness Foundation"offered every term, before enrolling in the remaining courses. It can typically take two to three terms to complete the full certificate program. Students can start the program at any term with the pre-requisite course. The “Best Practices in Design for Health & Wellness” course is the final course in the program.



Design for Health & Wellness Foundation—Prerequisite
Environmental Impact on Design for Health and Wellness 
Physical and Psychological Conditions for Health & Wellness in Design
Behavior Theories and Design
Best Practices in Design for Health & Wellness



Total Tuition Plus Convenience Fees:                      $7,875

Certificate Fee:                                                                     $     100

TOTAL PROGRAM COST:                                           $7,975


For advisement contact:
Joelle Danant
Program Director

Photo Credit: Lisa Moyneur