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Dementia Inclusive Hospitals from a Universal Design Approach

Researchers from Trinity College, in partnership with Tallaght University Hospital, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, and the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation (HOPE), have developed a free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) focusing on dementia-friendly hospital design.

The MOOC guides health professionals and others in the design of a hospital experience that supports the needs of dementia patients. Among other considerations, the MOOC helps professionals understand the symptoms of dementia and related impairments and how these affect the patient’s experience of the hospital setting.

What you get

Get knowledge underpinned by detailed research, wide-ranging stakeholder engagement, and best-practice cases studiesLearn and submit work at times most convenient to you through our online platformUtilise a series of resources to inspire action on providing a people-centred environmentBenefit from the knowledge of experts and our partnerships with top European partners

Who is it for?

The MOOC will present learners with key information, insights, and tasks related to dementia-friendly hospital design covering the following key areas:

  • Understand the symptoms of dementia and related impairments and how these impact a person’s experience of the hospital setting
  • Universal Design and how it can support a dementia-friendly design approach in the hospital context
  • Understanding the hospital in terms of key spatial scales and key areas – campus or site, main internal circulation area, emergency department, inpatient ward, and more
  • Key dementia-friendly hospital design issues


Each MOOC session will be 2 hours and will run over 3 weeks, totaling 6 hours of classes.

The course will run continuously, and learners will be able to begin as soon as they enroll.



Who should register

This course is open to anyone who is focusing on dementia-friendly hospital design, including healthcare executives and professionals, facilities management, architects and other design professionals involved in healthcare projects, as well as patient advocates or advisory groups.

Ready to register?

The Dementia Inclusive Hospitals from a Universal Design Approach is an ongoing online course so you can register at any time.