Priority deadline for Summer 2022 Admission: December 6, 2021
The University of Texas at Austin enthusiastically announces a first-of-its-kind Master of Arts in Design focused on Design in Health born from the radical collaboration between the College of Fine Art’s School of Design and Creative Technologies and Dell Medical School’s Design Institute for Health.
As the first medical school in decades to be built from the ground up at a top-tier research university, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin has the opportunity to rethink everything as part of its goal to revolutionize the way people get and stay healthy. The Design Institute for Health, Dell Med’s embedded team of health design specialists, is using design to provoke every aspect of health systems to work better for people. As the newest school in the College of Fine Arts, the School of Design and Creative Technologies offers a novel program that blends design, digital arts, and entertainment technology to prepare creative professionals for the modern world.
The new M.A. in Design focused on Design in Health brings together expert designers and health design specialists to teach courageous health care leaders and professionals the latest design methods underpinning revolutionary solutions for health’s most wicked problems. Never before has human-centered design been so essential in reshaping every part of a health system from value-based care clinics focused on preventing and treating illness, to new services, products and partnerships that address critically important factors of health enabling all people to live well, to measuring impact and cultivating the ethos of adaptive, responsive organizations leading health.
The M.A. in Design focused on Design in Health teaches learners how to become a force of innovation by using person-centered design methodologies. M.A. students will learn design research methods in order to understand the needs of people who are seeking health, receiving care and delivering care. Learners will develop ideation and creation skills they will use in generating new approaches for better systems of health and care. Design graduate students with a focus on Design in Health will learn to prototype, test and iterate solutions, based on measuring impact and results that matter. These learners will know how to craft compelling and persuasive experiences, stories and systems designed to share and widely distribute innovations across systems of health.
We believe that graduates of our M.A. in Design focused on Design in Health will become the change agents that drive health systems to be value-based, integrated, person-centered and focused on health, not just care. This new breed of health leaders will wield a creative, problem-solving mindset and design skills that enable them to not only see the places where the health system is broken, but also to take action to fix it. When they put their design skills to work, the health system of the future will put people first.
- Program duration is 10 months (August through May)
- World-renowned design, medical, and health systems faculty
- Third-year Dell Medical School students and health care professionals learn alongside each other, mixing courageous leaders from the current and future systems
- No design experience required of applicants
- All students have access to one-on-one career consulting
Who Should Apply
The M.A. in Design focused on Design in Health is designed for forward-thinking health care professionals who seek to gain expertise in applying human-centered design as a force of innovation in the industry. The University of Texas at Austin is proud to be one of the world's leading research universities. Students and faculty are encouraged to explore across disciplinary boundaries while working to prevent and treat diseases, devise solutions for all aspects of systems of health and care, and address critically important factors of health enabling all people to live well.
Each class will include both UT Dell Medical students in their growth (3rd) year and pioneering health care professionals who will learn and co-design alongside each other. This unique mix of courageous leaders bridging the current and future health systems will provide a learning cohort that will uniquely be able to realize future innovations sooner as they learn and design together.