2021-2022 M.A. in Design focused on Health Courses

Courses waived for Dell Medical School students are denoted with an asterisk.

Summer 2021

Introduction to Design Thinking

A preliminary foundation in the emerging practice of Human-Centered Design, the methodology driving design thinking. (3 credits)

3-D Prototyping

Using rapid prototyping methods with an emphasis on products and the built environment, this course prepares students to use prototyping as a means of testing ideas iteratively. (1 credit)

Sketching for Communication

Students learn the elements of sketching to visualize concepts, document their thinking, and quickly bring alignment to teams. (1 credit)

Design Research Methods

This course grounds students in the tactics and techniques of several common primary research methodologies including contextual inquiry, intercept interviews, personal inventories, empathy modeling, and others. (1 credit)

Fall 2021

Fieldwork in Design

Students conduct field work as part of a collaborative project team under the supervision of a faculty member. This course will emphasize the application of design research tools as a strategic practice within a complex project. (3 credits)

Service Design

Students are equipped to improve existing health care services, create new ones and navigate the complex social, political and organizational challenges to bring them to life. (3 credits)

Intro to Design in Health

Building on the foundational design tools, this course layers the nuanced and complex considerations for designing in the health space, while digging deep in design practice and challenging legacy health notions. (3 credits)

Graphic Communication Tools

2-D visualization tools for print and screen. (1 credit)

Anthropology of Design*

This course exposes students to anthropological and ethnographic tools that can attune practitioners to difference (social and cultural) and its implications.

Health Care Law and

This course considers some of the toughest problems in current health law and policy. (2 credits)

Final Project in Design

Student-led culmination and defense of learning. Each student will design and lead their own project with the guidance of a faculty member. (1 credit)

Spring 2022

Design in Health Studio

In this capstone project course, student teams collaborate with clients, applying their design skills to immediate challenges in the health space. (6 credits)

Health Systems Design

Students will explore all aspects of complex health ecosystems, learning principles and methods to understand interconnection and design future systems that elicit new behaviors. (3 credits)

The Business of Design in Health*

This course equips students with acumen to navigate and succeed in the business aspects of applying and positioning design in health. (3 credits)

Storytelling for

The frameworks for good storytelling applied to professional presentation and written work. (1 credit)

Core Laboratory 1 –
Design Futures*

Students are introduced to the practical tools of strategic foresight to imagine possible futures. Emphasis is placed on understanding the language, theories, and methods of futures studies. (3 credits)

Final Project in Design

Student-led culmination and defense of learning. Each student will design and lead their own project with the guidance of a faculty member. (2 credits)

Note: Exact courses, sequencing, and credit hours are subject to change. 

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