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The mission of the Center for Health Systems & Design, which awards the specialty Certificate in Health Systems and Design, is...

"to improve health by promoting comprehensive teaching, research and outreach in a broadly interdisciplinary program that focuses on evidence-based design and planning of 1) health facilities, and 2) healthy communities.  Through the Certificate, graduate students increase their depth of knowledge of the ways the built, natural and virtual environments can promote and develop health, as well as help restore health once it is impaired."

Recognizing the endless opportunities in health facility design and research, the Center is committed to inspiring and supporting its students, faculty fellows and associated professionals.  The successful collaboration with the Center and other universities, both national and international, has led to broadening of the curriculum which now includes units of study from all colleges associated with the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas that includes public health and preventive medicine, healthcare economics, and medical sociology.


The leadership of the Center for Health Systems & Design is led by the Director A. Ray Pentecost III, DrPh, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP, and the Center's Associate Director, Zhipeng Lu, PhD.  There is also an Executive Leadership Team that meets as a committee to discuss upcoming events, projects, or any business decisions that need to be resolved.  The Team includes the Director, Associate Director and faculty fellows Kirk Hamilton, George Mann, Jay Maddock, Regina Beard, William (Bill) Eide, Chanam Lee and Xuemei Zhu.


The "Center for Health Systems & Technology" was approved by the Regents in 1983-84 and housed in the College of Medicine.  Its first director was Dean Robert Stone, MD and its associate director was Sherry Bame, Ph.D.  The original Center was established to coordinate interdisciplinary research and educational programs that transfer technology developed by disciplines outside medicine into healthcare design.  The Center's administrative home was transferred to the College of Architecture in 1994 after the retirement of Dr. Stone and full-time involvement of Dr. Bame in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.  The Center was renamed the "Center for Health Systems & Design" and its focus emphasized health facility design projects and research of the College of Architecture faculty and affiliated faculty throughout the University.  

Background and Administration

CHSD is currently housed in the College of Architecture with offices located in Scoates Hall, 1st Floor that is located behind Langford Building A.   Funding for the Center is derived from an annual allocation from the College of Architecture for operating expenses and membership dues from the Health Industry Advisory Council (HIAC) members.


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