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Center for Arts in Medicine

Arts In Medicine: Online Graduate Program

Unleash the power of your creativity to transform individual and community health.

Enhance and promote health through the arts

The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine serves as the national academic leader for the field of arts in health. Our graduate programs are fully online. We offer Graduate Certificates—in Arts in Medicine or Arts in Public Health—as well as a Master's in Arts in Medicine. Our experienced faculty empower you 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.
  • You! Your creative spirit can transform lives.

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.

Over 50% of US hospitals have arts programming and that number is growing.

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 more than 107 Arts in Health programs.

Creating for the health of it

  • Arts in health professionals can advocate and promote social, physical, and mental wellbeing through arts workshops, classes, performances, or bedside visits.
  • Arts in health professionals know how to safely facilitate participatory arts experiences and performances.
  • Arts experiences led by skilled and trained artists can help reduce stress, enhance well-being, and improve health outcomes.
  • Arts in health professionals can facilitate, administer, advocate, research, and/or educate as their primary or secondary roles; full-time, part-time, non-profit, or as a social entrepreneur. 

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.

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