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Fall 2020
Harvard and MIT campuses
Course Length
5 Days
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Leveraging design, technology and real estate to support health and well-being.

In a first-of-its-kind program from MIT Professional Education, Harvard Medical School Executive Education, and MIT Center for Real Estate, leading figures from medicine, public health, urban design, and architecture come together to address the greatest challenge—and opportunity—facing urban and suburban planning today: developing health-centered communities.

This revolution in real estate is the natural result of shifting demographics, technological advances, new health care delivery models, and evolving real estate trends. Millennials are pursuing a better work/life balance and physical environments that support their well-being. At the same time, baby boomers are seeking convenient, affordable, aging-in-place options. This confluence of medical and real estate trends provides opportunities for new developments and products that will benefit society.

Focusing on trailblazing new concepts, strategies, and technologies, Developing Health-Centered Communities: The Next Revolution in Real Estate brings together leading researchers, architects, urban planners, and real estate professionals, along with physicians, epidemiologists, and health tech entrepreneurs. Participants will gain a strategic vision for how professionals in health care and the built environment can work together to build projects that create value, promote healthy living, support aging-in-place, and develop communities that thrive.

Alongside a group of accomplished peers, you will participate in a project-based learning activity that includes small-group work, site visits, and Health Impact Assessments. Guided by faculty, physicians, and planners, you will develop health-centered investment recommendations for a Boston neighborhood and present your project on the last day of the course.

In this timely program, you will preview the future of urban development, forge cross-industry partnerships, and learn how you may be able to be a part of of this growing and critical market.

Participant Takeaways

  • Identify opportunities for creating value through real estate focused on healthy communities
  • Apply program concepts to cases and models for healthy urban development
  • Implement design principles of healthy neighborhoods and understand the epidemiology of built environments
  • Model the economics of healthy communities from value proposition to ROI over time
  • Leverage Health Impact Assessments to inform development, health, and technology investments and improve health in a neighborhood context
  • Develop responsive architecture designs that use technologies that support children, the elderly, and those with special needs
  • Determine ways to identify and address health inequities and disparities within communities
  • Recognize circumstances where new models for health care delivery could contain costs
  • Connect with a new network of accomplished, interdisciplinary peers from around the globe

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for senior-level individuals across real estate, urban design, health care, and health technology. In particular, this program is well suited for:

  • Real estate developers and investors
  • Architects and urban designers
  • City planners and municipal government employees
  • Health technology entrepreneurs
  • Senior leaders from community health centers and hospitals
  • Health insurance executives

Program Outline

Classes will run from 8:15am-5:30pm on Monday, 9am-5:30pm on Tuesday, 9am-5pm Wednesday-Thursday, and 9am-2:30pm on Friday.

Please note: Faculty and course content subject to change. 

Topics to be covered in the course include:

  • Design principles of healthy neighborhoods: medical evidence about how communities and built environments can influence health and disease (e.g., through effects on mobility, social interaction, the chemical and microbial environment); 
  • Economics of healthy communities: value proposition and ROI on a broad-scale, over time;
  • Wellness measures and neighborhood health impact assessments;
  • Responsive architecture and technologies that support children, the elderly  and those with special needs;
  • Healthy buildings
  • The demographics of an aging society and impact on health and disease
  • Forces shaping the future of health care: economics, digital platforms, sensors, artificial intelligence
  • New models for health care delivery
  • Health inequities and disparities within communities
  • The epidemiology of neighborhoods
  • Start-ups focused on healthy communities and cities