Design for Health (MDes)

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Full time & Part time September Other, MA 20 months full time, 32 months part time

About the course

Responding to the complexity of health care through a comprehensive, academically-rich design approach. Empowering designers to create ethical, sustainable solutions to pressing challenges across the health sector.

Become an expert in the fast-growing area of health design in OCAD University’s Master of Design (MDes) in Design for Health. Study full or part-time at our campus in close proximity to world-calibre hospitals, healthcare-research institutes, and a thriving technology cluster.


Nearly every aspect of health care needs design expertise, including systems, service, program and product design. As more inclusive healthcare policies and practices are developed, health challenges considered in the program include:

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Entry Requirements

We developed the MDes in Design for Health for people who have educational and practical experience in an area of design, the health sector or in the social sciences of health. We seek candidates committed to learning and developing design solutions to complex health challenges.

Most students will hold an undergraduate degree in design, or in a health sciences or social science related field. Some will have experience in design consulting, health administration, patient advocacy, health services, or health technology.


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