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Human-Centered Design

Human Centered Design

Human Centered Design (HCD) is an approach to design charged with understanding the needs, wants, and limitations of end-users. This is accomplished through methodologies and practices where these considerations are integrated at every stage of the design process. The HCD IGEP at Virginia Tech offers either an interdisciplinary PhD or a graduate certificate in a curriculum that combines technical expertise with critical inquiry to develop reflective practitioners equipped to meet vital human needs.

Human-Centered Design at Virginia Tech


A transdisciplinary, customizable course of study for PhD students whose goals cannot be met by a single discipline from a degree granting academic unit at the university.

HCD Certificate

An introduction to using human-centered approaches to address societal issues. A valuable supplement to other graduate research and broadens your career prospects.

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