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About the course

Healthcare facility design is more than picking the right wall colors or materials. If done well, healthcare facility design and planning can transform your organization and improve safety, operations, and the bottom line. Above all, an optimal, patient-centered healthcare environment has the power to improve clinical outcomes.

This six-course certificate program provides you with in-depth instruction in effectively using evidence-based research to improve a healthcare environment. Core courses cover the critical components of healthcare facilities design planning. Learn excellence in change leadership, stakeholder management, and strategic alignment with organizational goals. Create your strategic plan and execute and assess it by using data to gauge impact. Learn some of the critical skills you need to lead your project to success or dive deeper to interpret technical facility design plans.


  • Elective (2 Courses)
  • Planning and Designing a Healing Environment
  • Basic Tools for Facility Planning
  • Practice Based Research
  • Changing Organizational Culture in Healthcare


  • Identify areas in need of improvement in the U.S. healthcare system
  • Develop a strategic vision for your organization
  • Monitor progress and refine your strategic plan based on results
  • Anticipate and collect data to inform your strategic planning process
  • Effectively participate in the planning and design of healthcare facilities
  • Recommend ways to use available resources for renovation and design
  • Develop early conceptual-level cost and space estimates
  • Provide feedback regarding building and renovation projects
  • Conduct your own quick and inexpensive on-site research study
  • Interpret published research findings
  • Know how to be successful as a project manager
  • Build your problem-solving skills to help projects succeed


  • Healthcare Facilities Planning and Design Certificate from Cornell College of Human Ecology
  • 48 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • 6 Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward PMI recertification

Who should attend

  • Chief executives
  • Faculty management staff
  • Hospital and healthcare facility administrators
  • Medical and non-medical personnel

Trust the experts

Nick Fabrizio

Nick Fabrizio PhD, FACMPE, FACHE, is a principal consultant with the MGMA Health Care Consulting Group and serves on the faculty at Cornell University’s Sloan Program in Health Administration, where he has also served as the executive in residence. His primary expertise is in physician practice m...


Robert Newman

Robert Newman's teaching focuses on developing critical skills for leadership, including: emotional intelligence, individual and team behavior, conflict management and other soft-skills for project managers; business savvy, effective communication, economic analysis, negotiation prowess, managin...


Franklin Becker

Academic Expertise My area of expertise is organizational ecology; that is, I study the way in which the planning, design, and management of complex facilities such as hospitals and large corporations and R&D units affect how individuals, teams, and organizations function. Current Professi...


Brooke Hollis

Brooke Hollis serves on the leadership team of the Sloan Program and the Institute for Healthy Futures working on alumni and industry external relations. He also mentors students and serves as a faculty member. Beyond his appointment at Sloan, his ongoing professional consulting activities stra...


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