Arts in medicine, also referred to as arts in healthcare, is a diverse, multidisciplinary field dedicated to transforming health and the healthcare experience through the arts. The field integrates literary, performing, and visual arts and design into a variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational, and expressive purposes.
The arts are now being used within healthcare institutions worldwide. The international arts in medicine movement represents a rediscovery of the links between body, mind and spirit and of the unity between the creative and medical arts. It recognizes and advocates the role of the imagination and creativity in developing and maintaining health. Specific applications may include workshops for health maintenance for healthcare givers or other healthy or non-hospitalized participants, bringing the arts into the hospital environment through exhibitions and/or performances, providing arts activities and workshops for patients, family members and staff, and artists facilitating creativity with patients on an individual basis.
Under the broad umbrella of arts and health, several disciplines have emerged. The creative arts therapies were established between the 1930’s and 1960s in the United States; and arts in medicine, also commonly referred to as arts in healthcare or arts in health, began to emerge as a discipline in the 1980’s. A third discipline, arts in public health, is emerging as well in alignment with the national and global priority to enhance population health through wellness and prevention.
Professionals and services in arts in medicine provide patients, their family members, caregivers, and other health-related populations with opportunities for creative engagement and expression that support health and well-being. The discipline serves as an adjunct to medical care, utilizing evidence-based arts practices to support health, healthcare, and wellness. While the arts can contribute to healing in a holistic sense, professionals in the field do not make claims that art can heal illness or replace medical treatment. Artists in healthcare are not clinicians, and they are not healers. Artists in healthcare are highly skilled and trained professionals who are adept at facilitating arts practices and navigating the healthcare environment. They understand patient safety and work in partnership with health professionals and health systems to compliment healthcare. Similarly, artists in public health partner with public health professionals to enhance the efficacy of health promotion programs.
This online module serves as a basic introduction to the field of arts in medicine, and also serves as a prerequistie for the UF Center for Arts in Medicine’s online graduate programs, including the MA in Arts in Medicine, the Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine, and the Graduate Certificate in Arts in Public Health. The module takes approximately 20 hours to complete and is entirely self-paced. Please note that this module is not intended to be representative of Center for Arts in Medicine coursework, nor does it represent the level of academic rigor you will find in our graduate or undergraduate programs. The module is designed to provide a basic introduction to the discipline and field of arts in medicine in a way that is flexible and enjoyable.
The learning objectives of this module are:
1. Students will understand how the field of arts in medicine developed in relationship to the U.S. healthcare system and related disciplines, such as the creative arts therapies
2. Students will define the fields of arts in medicine and arts in public health
3. Students will identify and articulate the boundaries of practice within the discipline of arts in medicine
4. Students will identify the importance of, and basic concepts related to, patient safety in healthcare settings
5. Students will analyze basic applications of the arts in healthcare and community settings
6. Students will analyze and articulate how the arts can enhance healthcare and public health
7. Students will become familiar with professional opportunities within the disciplines of arts in medicine and arts in public health
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