University of Illinois at Chicago

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ARCH 504 Ethics in Health Design

An understanding of the ethical foundations of health design. Including multi-cultural definitions of health. Issues of sustainable design; universal design; health equity; global access to health; gender equality; and health as a human right.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.