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About This Certificate

Developed by Parsons’ Healthy Materials Lab, this program serves professionals working in the field and students in Parsons degree programs. Courses offer practical information on designing interiors that foster health through carefully selected material components. Students learn to identify hazardous substances frequently used in buildings and compare options, explain the importance of designing with nontoxic materials, and specify materials according to established criteria.

Timeline to Completion: Each of these self-guided short courses can be completed in two weeks. Enrollment rolls throughout the semester allowing students to complete each course at their own pace. Depending on the time available, all four courses can be completed in one or two semesters.

Enrollment Type: Noncredit

Number of Courses: 4 courses

Format: Online only

Course Sequence: Students are advised to take Materials and Human Health first and Executing a Healthier Project last.

$50 per course; $200 total

What You’Ll Learn
  1. The ability to compare products and materials used in the built environment
  2. The ability to evaluate products and materials, identifying hazards and comparing suitable options
  3. The ability to set criteria, analyze product information, and specify materials
Who Should Enroll
  • Practitioners working with built environments or in product specification, installation, and maintenance professions

  • Health and sustainability researchers and administrators

  • City and building planners

  • Architects, interior designers, and project managers interested in sustainable building practices

How to Enroll

More than a course.
A new kind of network.
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