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The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing is one of the 55 South Carolina Centers of Economic Excellence (SC CoEE) for a multi-disciplinary approach to solving problems in the health and design fields. The Health Facilities Design and Testing Center is using interdisciplinary design research to improve health care environments through better architecture and building design. Research at this Center focuses on two main areas: how the design of health care facilities affects the delivery of health care and how to create architectural settings that better serve the health and well-being of patients and staff. Researchers at this Center study the relationship between the physical healthcare environment and clinical outcomes; population health outcomes; patient, family and staff satisfaction; operational efficiency; and the ability to accommodate change. The Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing supports two endowed chairs – the endowed chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research at Clemson University and the Endowed Chair in Healthcare Human Factors Research and Practice at the Medical University of South Carolina.

As the SmartState Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design and Research, Dr. Anjali Joseph serves as the Director for the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing.
Current News + Events

Current News + Events


Herminia Machry

Our very own Herminia Machry successfully defended her dissertation on November 8th, entitled "Exploring the Design of Single-Family Room NICUs: the Impact of the Built Environment on Family Engagement". 


Rutali Joshi

Rutali Joshi is now officially a doctoral candidate.  She has passed her comprehensive examination and dissertation proposal defense November 15th! Her dissertation is entitled “The impact of workstation layout and design on handover communication between physicians in emergency departments. 


Roxana Jafari

Congratulations to Roxana for receiving second place for her 3-minute thesis on November 8th 2019! Roxana's dissertation research focuses on investigating the impact of daylight and views on patients with heart disease in cardiac ICUs through evaluating factors including anxiety, depression, sleep disruption, pain, delirium, and length of stay in the unit.  

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