Design for Health

OCAD University

24 months
44274 CAD/year
14940 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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OCAD University’s Master of Design (MDes) in Design for Health offers you a unique opportunity to develop competency in the area of health design.


Nearly every aspect of health care needs design expertise. Issues considered in the OCAD University’s Master of Design (MDes) in Design for Health include:

    • Increases in chronic diseases
    • An aging population
    • Escalating costs and shrinking budgets
    • The emergence of new infections
    • Growing cultural diversity
    • Consumer demand for more involvement in care planning and delivery
    • A shift to multi-setting health-care delivery
    • The spread of digital technologies

Problem Based Learning through Studio

The interdisciplinary Design for Health program has four main themes delivered primarily through studio-based learning with partnered projects:

  • Health context: Develop domain knowledge in health, healthcare delivery, communications, technology and innovation.
  • Research and application: Identify, design, conduct and apply qualitative, co-design, and evidence based techniques to health challenges.
  • Design and innovation: Create new, ethical, and sustainable solutions with health sector stakeholders, patients, and partners.
  • Proficiency and leadership within interdisciplinary collaborations: Be embedded in interdisciplinary teams which include patients, health-service providers and designers to develop design solutions and to communicate outcomes.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Health Context and Design 
  • Design Research
  • Studio 1: Corporeal 
  • Systems 1: Human Factors 
  • Studio 2: Spatial 
  • Systems 2: Systems & Services 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




8 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application for admission into the Master’s in Design for Health will be competitive. Applicants must hold a bachelor degree in a design field, such as BA (in design studies), B.Arch., BED, BID, BDes, BSc, BEng or comparable honours degree/certification with a GPA of 75% (B+) or better during the last two years of study, or must demonstrate exceptional experience and expertise as a practitioner in a relevant discipline. All applicants must demonstrate creative and conceptual competence at a high level.
  • A portfolio comprised of 10 examples of design work and a 750-word statement of interest will be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44274 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22137 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    14940 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7470 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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