Creating a healthier world through the arts
The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine serves as an academic leader within the field of arts in health, proudly offering online graduate programs that teach you how to successfully incorporate the arts into healthcare, public health, or community settings as an arts in health professional.
Message from our director, Jill Sonke
Who can become an Arts in Health Professional
- Artists of any discipline including music, visual art, dance, poetry, theater, etc.
- Health or Public Health professionals
- Arts administrators or Health administrators
- Researchers interested in the intersection of arts & health
- Anyone with an interest in bringing humanity to health through the arts
The growing field of Arts in Health
Over the last three decades, hospitals and healthcare facilities around the world have been developing formal arts in health programs for their patients, family members, and staff. Arts in health community programs have expanded too, as the arts have been shown to help prevent illness and maintain wellness. Arts in health can promote social, physical, and mental wellbeing through arts workshops, classes, performances, or bedside visits. Arts in health professionals know how to s facilitate the arts in a way that can reduce stress, enhance well-being, and improve health outcomes.
Arts in health can reduce stress, enhance well-being, and improve health outcomes.
A survey conducted from 2016-2017 mapped and surveyed 107 arts in health programs in the state of Florida comprised of both healthcare and community organizations. In fact, in a 2009 survey, 56% of healthcare organizations sampled reported dedicating a portion of their operating budget to the support of arts programs to enhance patient care. In 2009, approximately 50% of hospitals across the United States provided arts programming. That number continues to grow as arts in health professionals partner with hospitals and communities to expand existing programs or create new ones of their own.
In Florida alone, there are 107 arts in health programs, and that number is growing.
Ready To Start Your Journey?
Visit our ways to study page to learn more about our Online Master of Arts in Arts in Medicine, as well as our Graduate Certificates in Arts in Medicine or Arts in Public Health. You can also contact us for more information and our admissions team can help with your questions and application.