M.A. in Design focused on Health

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M.A. in Design focused on Health

Get Your Master's Degree in Design

Admissions for the 2024-2025 cohort are now closed.

Information regarding the 2025-2026 cohort will be available later this year.

Reimagine Health Through Design

We believe in the power of design to solve the most challenging problems in health. The Design focused on Health Master’s program is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the College of Fine Art’s School of Design and Creative Technologies and Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. 

In this rigorous 10-month graduate program, you’ll work side-by-side with a diverse group of individuals whose backgrounds may include healthcare, design, education, business, art, engineering, and UT Dell Medical students, passionate about solving complex health issues enabling all people to live well.  You’ll learn why human-centered design is a powerful tool for producing innovative solutions to immediate challenges in the health space, and equally, for imagining possible futures. The frameworks, research techniques, business acumen, and design methodologies you’ll acquire equip you with the skills to reinvent a sector facing unprecedented complexity.

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Dive Deeper Into the M.A.

students in scrubs in a M.A. in Design focused on Health partnership course with Dell Medical School at UT Austin

Innovative Curriculum

We partner with Dell Medical School to offer one of the only programs in the world where students train deeply in design to impact patient experiences, health services, and higher-quality care.

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Design in Health Advisory Council

Our council members are leaders in their fields who collaborate with us on curriculum and provide access to real-world learning experiences.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Read our most frequently asked questions about the application process and getting your Master in Design focused on Health, all right here.

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From Campus to Career

Design focused on Health students receive one-on-one career consulting, resume reviews, and interview training. Our dedicated Industry Relations team is ready to help jumpstart your professional network.

M.A. Faculty & Advisors

The graduate Design faculty are world-renowned design, medical, and health systems professionals with expertise in design research, system design, and design for social change.

Student Spotlight: Jessica Murray

2021 M.A. in Design graduate Jessica Murray describes her journey with Design in Health

Meet Jessica Murray, an inaugural graduate of the M.A. in Design focused on Health program and a former design fellow at the Design Institute for Health.

Jessica's Story

Student Spotlight: Nikhil Mahadevan

MA student Nikhil Mahadevan and MA instructor Tamie Glass discussing design in health care

Nikhil Mahadevan (M.A. '23) knew that in order to make an impactful difference in his chosen field of healthcare, he would need to expand his skill set beyond his technical skills.

Nikhil's Story