Just the basics: Designing for health and well-being

Learn to design for health promotion for any project.


Licensed architects and affiliated design professionals have, in their professional practice, a positive duty to protect the public’s health, safety, and welfare. As America’s healthcare expenses continue to rise and we rebuild post-pandemic, collaboration with public health professionals will be more critical than ever.

In this course, you will hear from architects and public health professionals about opportunities to influence population health directly and indirectly through design. We will explore the basics of public health as it relates to architecture and describe six approaches any designer can apply to any project to think more intentionally about health promotion.

Learning objectives

  • Define public health and its connection to architecture.
  • Articulate the relationship of the physical environment to social, behavioral, mental, and emotional health.
  • Describe the role architects and the built environment have in reducing health care costs and promoting health.
  • Apply six approaches for thinking about public health in building design.


This course is part of a series

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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • RIBA