UT Austin Launches First-of-Its-Kind Master’s in Design in Health

In a Core77 feature, senior editor Rain Noe wrote about the launch of UT Austin’s new Master of Arts in Design in Health program. After his own recent experiences in well-designed hospitals, Noe recognized that the healthcare industry is now paying a lot more attention to design than they were twenty years ago. Despite this, no design schools had offered healthcare-specific programs until now.

UT’s new one-year degree program focusing on the application of human-centered design in health is offered jointly through the School of Design and Creative Technologies in the College of Fine Arts and Dell Medical School’s Design Institute for Health with the program set to start August 2020. 

“The Design in Health Master’s degree was uniquely constructed so that Dell Med students and innovative professionals could work collaboratively to solve real-world problems that impact the health and health care of millions of Americans every day,” said Doreen Lorenzo, assistant dean of the School of Design and Creative Technologies. “Learners explore the many facets of design to creatively design solutions that revolutionize the way people get and stay healthy.”

Noe shared an optimistic outlook for the future of the healthcare industry if the new design program was to be successful and emulated since it aims to address critically important health factors across the spectrum of conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, while taking a systems design approach to encouraging collaborations across sectors that were not designed to work together.



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