Dementia Inclusive Hospitals from a Universal Design Approach


Researchers from Trinity College, in partnership with Tallaght University Hospital, Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and HOPE the European Hospital and Healthcare Federation, have developed a 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.

Register to the ongoing online course.


What you get

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 the related impairments and how these impact on 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, etc
  • Key dementia-friendly hospital design issues

Key details


  • Each MOOC session will be 2 hours and will run over 3 weeks, 6 hours in total
  • The course will run continuously, and learners will be able to begin as soon as they enroll


  • Free

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.


Meet the team


External Partners:

  • European Hospital and Healthcare Federation
  • Tallaght University Hospital