Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University

The College of Architecture has been involved in healthcare for more than forty years thanks to the pioneering efforts of Professor George Mann, AIA. Today, we have undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students who focus their attention on healthcare environments. At the graduate and doctoral level students may choose to earn the Certificate in Health Systems & Design by accumulating at least 16 credit hours of health-related courses. A research and programming course are required, and the final study must include a health element. In addition to students of architecture, students from other departments and colleges can earn the certificate.

The interdisciplinary Center for Health Systems & Design (CHSD) with more than 25 faculty members from multiple colleges and departments is jointly responsible to the College of Architecture and the College of Medicine. It is the world's largest collection of students, faculty, and affiliated professionals focused on education, research, and practice in the area of environments for health. The primary activities of the Center include: a professional associates program, curriculum development, health lecture series and support of health-related research and design projects.

Student Health Environments Association (SHEA) is a grassroots student organization with more than 60 members that furthers interest in architecture for health by promoting a culture of communication between students of all levels, professors and professionals. This organization is open to all students in any degree program and is the student source for information on architecture for health.

SHEA works closely with the CHSD on many events such as lectures/guest speakers, portfolio reviews, facility tours, and social gatherings. SHEA also promotes infomation about faculty fellows' research as well as information on the CHSD Certificate.
Please visit SHEA's website (shea.tamu.edu) for more information on membership and activities.