Health and Well-being for Designed Environments, CERT (online)

for the Graduate Certificate in Health and Well-being for Designed Environments

Director of the School: Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez

Director of graduate studies: David J. Isern

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School office: 117 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall, 611 Taft Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

phone: (217) 333-7720


The Health and Well-being for Designed Environments Certificate at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is designed to provide environmental design professionals with an in-depth understanding of the relationship between conditions in the built environment and individual performance and population health, well-being, and quality of life. This Campus Graduate Certificate not only provides strong foundational knowledge of built environment and health and new tools for design in this area, but also offers students multiple opportunities to apply this knowledge and skill in on-going projects.

Certificate coursework enables students to develop expertise in research and strategies for environmental design to improve human health and wellbeing outcomes through design solutions and interventions in diverse environment types and contexts, at a range of scales. Responding to an unmet need in the profession, students completing the certificate will be prepared to work on interdisciplinary teams addressing complex societal problems involving the built environment’s critical role in human health and wellbeing in the US and internationally.

for the Graduate Certificate in Health and Well-being for Designed Environments

The Health and Well-being for Designed Environments Certificate requires 12 credit hours (three courses) to complete upon admission. Students should follow the program of study below to meet the certificate coursework requirement. Students should complete ARCH 521 and ARCH 563, offered in fall semester, before enrolling in ARCH 525, offered in spring semester.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75

Minimum hours required for certificate completion: 12 hours

Students who have successfully completed this certificate may use the certificate courses to satisfy the following degree requirements, provided they apply and are admitted to the degree program:

-12 hours of Health and Well-being Concentration Courses in the MARCH degree in the School of Architecture.
-12 hours of elective coursework in the MS in Architectural Studies degree in the School of Architecture.

Certificate Requirements
ARCH 521Applications in the Built Environment, Architecture and Global Health and Well-Being4
ARCH 563Human-centric Research for Designed Environments4
ARCH 525Project-scale Health Impact Assessment4
Total Hours12