Advanced Practice Certificate in Using Design in Healthcare Delivery


  • Center City Campus
  • East Falls Campus
  • College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Degree Earned

  • Certificate

Program Length

11 months

Program Type

  • Hybrid

Program Start


Contact Information


Name: Mikael Avery, M.Arch, MS, OTR/L
Position: Lead Faculty, Advanced Practice Certificate in Using Design in Healthcare Delivery; Visiting Assistant Professor, Departments of Occupational Therapy & Industrial Design


Telephone: 215-951-2800

The Advanced Practice Certificate in Using Design in Healthcare Delivery was created to provide practicing occupational therapy practitioners and other healthcare professionals with specific knowledge in design principles and a distinct skill-set in design approaches and methods that will enhance their practice and expand interprofessional collaborative opportunities. Through four, 3-credit online courses with limited on-campus sessions, students will learn to apply design principles and strategies to enhance client intervention planning, implementation, and outcomes.

The common themes that are woven through all four courses include:

  1. the role of health professionals within a design team,
  2. the integration of design approaches and methods into healthcare practice,
  3. the iterative nature of the design process, in which research, prototyping, testing, and redesign are interconnected, and
  4. the benefits gained when healthcare professions expand their tool kit to include the application of design concepts and specific design strategies within their practice.

After successfully completing the four courses, students will receive a post-professional certificate of completion. The credits may be applied to the Post-Professional OTD program offered at Thomas Jefferson University. In addition, Students may transfer credits from the certificate program to degree programs at other universities.


Meet the Faculty

Mikael Avery, M.Arch, MS, OTR/L

Lead Faculty
Professor, Occupational Therapy and Industrial Design

Mikael Avery, M.Arch, MS, OTR/L, is an educator, design professional, and licensed occupational therapist. He has developed and taught graduate level design courses at several Philadelphia academic institutions on topics including: digital fabrication, industrial design, human factors, design research, clinical skills, and interdisciplinary health care innovation. For several years Mikael ran draft works, llc., a design and digital fabrication studio focused on crafting custom, physical solutions to address client needs. Currently, as an occupational therapist, Mike works to create client-centered care plans that support an individual’s participatory goals while residing in their local community. Through his clinical and design work, teaching, and research, Mikael is dedicated to bringing together the fields of design and healthcare in order to promote design that is focused on wellness, uncovers new opportunities to influence health, and reimagines the health care system.