The Center for Health System and Design was established in collaboration with the Texas A&M University College of Architecture to coordinate interdisciplinary research and education programs that transfer technology developed by disciplines outside medicine into health care. The center supports programs for graduate student training in interdisciplinary approaches to problems in health care facility design and development. The center has undertaken programs that incorporate units of study from public health and preventive medicine, health care economics and medical sociology. The center studies ways to increase understanding of the effects of health care facility design and planning on the organization and delivery of care through health services research.