A perfect fit for both artists and healthcare professionals, the online Master of Arts (MA) in Arts in Medicine program’s comprehensive curriculum covers the practical skills and advanced knowledge necessary to safely and effectively engage the arts in healthcare environments. Students will study with accomplished leaders at the forefront of this growing field, building on their previous arts or healthcare experience to develop professional skills in the discipline of arts in medicine.
Virtually every form of artistic expression can be applied effectively in a healthcare environment. Healthcare institutions around the globe are providing patients with opportunities for creative engagement, including the visual arts, music, writing, dance and theatre, and seeing positive results worthy of significant investment. In the MA program, students will examine best practices and models for applying the arts in healthcare and will explore how their art form of choice can be the basis of an effective practice or program development.
The program’s curriculum is designed to help students:
While the course requirements can be completed entirely online, students will also work directly with an arts in medicine program or in a healthcare or community setting as a part of the program’s practicum component. Program faculty will help students identify a healthcare facility near them with an established program so they can fulfill this requirement conveniently.
For those who may not be interested in pursuing a full master’s program, but would still like to learn how to effectively weave the arts and medicine together in their careers, UF also offers an online Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine. The certificate offers students access to the first four courses of the core curriculum of the master’s program and the opportunity to participate in the basic practicum requirement. This provides a high degree of flexibility to those looking for a more expedient path towards earning a valuable professional credential and developing their skills.
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The online Graduate Certificate in Arts in Public Health was designed to enable graduate students and professionals in public health, the arts, and other health and human services professions to engage the arts to increase health literacy and promote healthy lifestyles.
Building from the same essential facets and learning objectives that shape our online programs in arts in medicine, this certificate program features a practicum requirement aimed specifically at providing students with first-hand experience in using the arts to promote individual and community health. Throughout the program, students will examine the many ways in which the arts can be used to enhance health education and community engagement. Students will also develop professional skills such as program planning, assessment, and interdisciplinary partnership and collaboration.
Graduates of the certificate program will be prepared to forge partnerships between public health and arts professionals, and to use the arts – including drama, murals, music, performance art, and digital media – to help build effective programs.