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New Certificate Program in Health Care Facilities Created

Posted Oct. 31, 2012

HillcrestA new graduate certificate program in health care facilities has been developed by the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED), College of Public Health, and the College of Nursing.  Enrollment began this fall in the online program, which offers coursework from across the three colleges.  With 20 required credit hours, the program can be completed in one year with full-time enrollment, and the flexible curriculum facilitates part-time enrollment as well.
 
“Both the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have identified the intersection of public health and architecture/urban planning as increasingly important, an opportunity for innovation and a growing sector of the economy,” advises Dr. Jonathan VanGeest, chair of Health Policy & Management, who supported the new program’s development.  “Our leadership is on the lookout for innovative programs that reflect communityneeds,” he says.  “Students will be exploring how architects can design environments that foster optimal care delivery and build facilities in ways that promote health,” VanGeest says.
 
“Architecture practices in Northeast Ohio are clamoring for us to provide education in health care facilities,” says Douglas Steidl, dean, CAED.  “Many local firms attribute some 50 percent of revenues to health care design and desire their professionals to have a greater knowledge in this field,” he explains.  “Working with representatives from the three colleges and local architecture professionals, we came up with a two-sided program.  It will benefit those with a health care background, but no grounding in facilities, as well as those with lots of design and facilities knowledge, but no background in health care,” he says.
 
“The architecture courses are not technical design courses, but will transfer knowledge that will aid individuals responsible for health care facilities,” says VanGeest.  “Professionals across architecture, nursing and public health are concerned about environments, both in care facilities and communities, that make an impact in care delivery and save money and lives in the long run,” he says.
 
“The intent is to foster learning from multiple viewpoints, including patient care, environmental health, regulatory codes and physical, psychological and even spiritual perspectives,” remarks Steidl.  “Graduates will be helping shape the future of health care through facility design,” he observes.