MIT Offers a New Course: Developing Health-Centered Communities: The Next Revolution in Real Estate


CAMBRIDGE, MA—MIT Center for Real Estate, in partnership with Harvard Medical School and MIT Professional Education, is offering a new course: Developing Health-Centered Communities: The Next Revolution in Real Estate.

The course will be taught by leading figures from medicine, public health, urban design, and architecture to explore innovative frameworks for driving value at the intersection of health care and the built environment.

According to MIT Center for Real Estate website, the next revolution in real estate has arrived: health-centered communities.

“This emerging opportunity is not only the result of persistent disruption caused by the pandemic, but also due to shifting demographics, technological advances, new health care delivery models, and evolving real estate trends,” MIT Center for Real Estate said. “Millennials are pursuing 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.”

In recent years, emerging medical evidence about how the built environment impacts health—including chronic illnesses—has heightened interest in health-centered communities. And now, COVID-19 has upended conventional thinking about urban vs. suburban planning, and residential and commercial real estate. 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, MIT Professional Education, Harvard Medical School Executive Education, and MIT Center for Real Estate are bringing together top 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, applied learning activity that includes small-group work, virtual site visit of the project, 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.

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.

This timely program is composed of 18, 75-minute live virtual sessions, which will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. EDT over a three-week period.