Educational opportunities in healthcare design and horticultural therapy.

Please contact us if you know of a program that should be added.

Certificate Programs

Chicago Botanic Garden
Healthcare Garden Design
Certificate of Merit Program
Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL
8 day program in May of every year
Contact: Amelia Simmons-Hurt Manager, Certificate Programs
Ph: 847.835.8293 Fax: 847.835.6865

Listen to the Chicago Public Radio program on the course

University of Washington Professional and Continuing Education
Certificate Program in Therapeutic Healing Garden Design
Seattle, WA
Note: This program is currently on hold.

Landscape Architecture Programs (for BLA, MLA, or PhD)

Clemson University Architecture + Health Graduate Program
Clemson, South Carolina
Within the framework of the Master of Architecture degree, the Architecture + Health Concentration includes seminar courses and studio work appropriate for both a general professional degree and a concentration in architecture + health.

Texas A & M University Center for Health Systems and Design
College of Architecture, College Station, Texas
Texas A&M University’s Center for Health Systems & Design is home to the world’s largest collection of interdisciplinary faculty, students, and affiliated professionals committed to research and education about environments for healthcare. The Center for Health Systems & Design is a creation of the Colleges of Architecture and Medicine at Texas A&M University intended to promote research, innovation and communication in an interdisciplinary program that focuses on evidence-based health facility planning and design. Please browse our Web site for more information.

University of Virginia Center for Design and Health
Charlottesville, Virginia
Co-founders David Kamp and Reuben Rainey
Co-chairs Timothy Beatley and Reuben Rainey
In recent years, there has been much new awareness that building, landscape, and community design influence the health and well–being of citizens. From indoor air pollution to the health impacts of sedentary car–dependent lifestyles, public health advocates are looking to the planning and design fields for guidance and solutions. The UVa School of Architecture is well–positioned to take advantage of this emerging national agenda.

Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana
Classes in healthcare design taught by Jerry Smith, FASLA – more information coming soon.

Colorado State University has an undergraduate program in Landscape Architecture, and has recently added a degree program in Horticultural Therapy which will begin this fall. This offers an excellent combination for students who may be interested both in design and HT (see below for more on HT).

Michigan State University, Department of Landscape Architecture, MLA degree specialty in Therapeutic Site Design
The degree is a Masters in Environmental Design with a Specialty in Therapeutic Site Design. It is intended to be a second professional degree program, but second professional degree is widely interpreted to include individuals from the medical arts as well as design/planning. Faculty member Dr. Joanne Westphal is also offering a 2 credit lecture, 1 credit studio course in Therapeutic Site Design this winter. It is intended that students not on the MSU campus will be able to take the course, on-line.

The University of Washington often offers studios, including design/build, with a focus on therapeutic gardens. Several projects, including Cancer Lifeline, Incarnation Children’s Center, Pete Gross House, and the University of Washington Medical Center Healing Garden can be viewed on the UW LA program’s website. Several more projects, including Bedford Hills Prison and Guatemala, will be added soon.

Other avenues

The Landscape and Human Health Laboratory (LHHL) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign “a multidisciplinary research laboratory dedicated to studying the connection between greenery and human health.

Environmental Psychology Lab at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE).

Horticultural Therapy

American Horticultural Therapy Association
AHTA provides links to numerous institutions that offer training in horticultural therapy, many of which may be useful from a design perspective. Visit the AHTA website for a more comprehensive list of horticultural therapy programs.

Horticultural Therapy Institute
“The Horticultural Therapy Institute is a proven leader in adult education in the field of horticultural therapy. By offering a series of AHTA accredited courses, the Institute teaches students to use gardening activities in health care and human service programs as well as gardening programs. With recognized curriculum, the Institute offers a full HT certificate program, customized workshops, in-service training for health care professionals, program development, seminars, lectures and continuing education. Academic credit and continuing education units are also available for all classes through partner, Colorado State University. Students can take one class, or the full certificate program. With the unique format, students don’t need to live where the classes are held. The classes are offered in a four and five-day intensive format to accommodate those who must travel to attend.”

Kansas State offers undergraduate and graduate programs in HT, and possibly a correspondence course.