In an effort to create a more patient-centered, individualized healthcare environment, medical professionals are exploring new approaches that go beyond clinical treatment. Over the last three decades, hospitals and healthcare facilities around the world have begun to recognize the benefits of creating meaningful artistic experiences for their patients, family members, and staff. 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. Since then more and more hospitals and healthcare providers are offering arts programs—approximately 50% in the U.S. as of 2009.
The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, with its distinguished history as an academic leader within the field, is proud to offer online programs to help artists of every discipline, along with healthcare professionals, and administrators successfully incorporate the arts into health-related practices and settings. Students can learn to use the arts for health, and can develop meaningful and fulfilling careers in this rapidly expanding field.