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About This Certificate

Developed by Parsons’ Healthy Materials Lab, this series of four, self-paced online courses bring a consideration of human health to all aspects of design and building practices. The goal is to introduce students and practitioners to basic construction materials, their chemical makeup and the relationship to human health. We will then focus on how current and aspiring designers and architects can specify better building materials in their approach to future projects. 

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

Required Courses
Materials and Human Health (Online - 1 of 4)
  • Aug 26 - Dec 16 , Fall 2019
  • Murphy, Catherine
Building Products and Chemistry (Online - 2 of 4)
  • Aug 26 - Dec 16 , Fall 2019
  • Murphy, Catherine
Healthier Material Design & Specifications (Online - 3 of 4)
  • Aug 26 - Dec 16 , Fall 2019
  • Murphy, Catherine
Executing a Healthier Project
  • May 28 - Aug 14 , Summer 2019
  • Murphy, Catherine
What You’Ll Learn
  1. Understand why material health is important and its relationship to the human body.
  2. Understand the impact of the life-cycle of materials
  3. Knowledge and ability to evaluate materials for specific health issues
  4. Understand pathways for exposure, during the use phase in interiors
  5. Analyze the various tools, certifications, standards etc
  6. Develop a methodology for material analysis
  7. Develop a system that could be adopted by other professionals to evaluate 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

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