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Arts In Medicine: Online Graduate Program

Curriculum / GC in Arts in Public Health

Graduate Certificate (GC) in Arts in Public Health

Engage the arts to enhance public health, advance health communication, address health disparities and injustice, and promote a culture of health. This program is designed for graduate students and professionals in public health, the arts, and other health and human services professions who are interested in empowering their communities through the arts. You can request more information or start an application to learn more.

Use your creativity to empower communities from within, both culturally and socially. Create a healthier community.

Overview

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 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.

Forge partnerships between public health & creative professionals. Use the arts – including drama, murals, music, performance art, and digital media – to help build more effective public health programs. 

Each of the courses offered through our certificate program reflects the best practices in the field of arts in health and the ways in which the arts can be utilized to enhance public health. As national leaders in research and real-world involvement, the UF Center for Arts in Medicine and its faculty provide a rigorous, updated, and comprehensive curriculum. We invite you to download our free white-paper, Creating Healthy Communities Through Cross-Sector Collaboration, to learn about the power of partnership between the arts and public health sectors.

For those interested in practicing arts in health in a clinical setting or in their community as part of a hospital outreach program—but not as a part of a public health program, community-oriented, or health communication effort—our graduate certificate in arts in medicine (GC) or master of arts in arts in medicine (MA) may better suit your goals. 

Pre-Requisite and Curriculum

The graduate certificate in arts in public health requires that applicants complete at least one graduate-level course in the subject of public health as a pre-requisite. Concurrently pursuing or holding a master's of public health satisfies this pre-requisite. UF also offers online graduate-level public health courses that can satisfy this pre-requisite for artists and other professionals without a background in public health. This pre-requisite can be completed during the semester prior to or during the first semester of the graduate certificate in arts in public health. The graduate certificate in arts in public health requires the following 12 credit hours of coursework to complete. These 12 credits are transferrable toward completion of an MA in Arts in Medicine and are also available to all MA in Arts in Medicine students.Click here to request more information.

Creativity and Health: Foundations of Arts in Medicine (HUM5357, 8 weeks, 3 credits)

This online graduate course explores the deepest questions at the heart of arts in health. From historical perspectives to theoretical foundations, the course engages at the intersection of the arts, creativity and health promotion to facilitate an understanding of these complex and interwoven disciplines. Lively discussions and all course materials help inform the field and practice of arts in health in a variety of settings. This is the initial core course for the Master of Arts (MA) in Arts in Medicine and the Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine. (This course can be taken as an elective by nonmajors.)

Arts in Medicine in Practice (HUM5595, 8 weeks, 3 credits)

This second core course for the Master of Arts (MA) in Arts in Medicine and the Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine explores the practice of arts in health in the fields of health and human services. The course provides a dynamic, interdisciplinary overview of the diverse practices and methodologies in the contemporary field of arts in health in healthcare and community settings. Students learn what they need to know to navigate these settings safely and professionally as they prepare for their practicum. (This course can be taken as an elective by nonmajors.)
Prerequisite: HUM5357 Creativity and Health: Foundations of the Arts in Medicine.

Arts in Public Health Practicum* (THE6948, 16 weeks, 3 credits)

This course will engage the student in focused professional-level practice using arts strategies for promoting public health.  The student will undertake 48 hours of work in an approved practicum setting over eight of the 16 weeks of the semester, including project planning, implementation, and evaluation.  Literature review, field research, reflective writing, regular meetings with an approved on-site supervisor and the course instructor, and a culminating paper will deepen the student’s understanding of professional arts in public health practice. 

*Prerequisites: HUM5357 Creativity and Health: Foundations of the Arts in Medicine and HUM5595 Arts in Medicine Practice. 

Arts in Public Health Professional Seminar* (THE6933, 8 weeks, 3 credits)

The course will prepare students for professional-level practice at the intersection of the arts and public health. The seminar will orient students to the professional competencies, trends in practice, and ethical frameworks that are part of the professional toolkit of arts and public health practitioners who use the arts for health promotion and/or health communication. The seminar introduces students to the core issues, trends, and critical debates that have emerged at the intersections of the arts and public health. Learning methods include reading, listening and discussion, research and critical writing, and journaling.

This course is appropriate for graduate students and professionals of the arts, public health, community and social practice, and other health-related professions.

*Prerequisite: THE6948 Arts in Public Health Practicum

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