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Center for Arts in Medicine

Arts In Medicine: Online Graduate Program

Ways to Study

The UF Center for Arts in Medicine offers the following degree and certificates as part of our online graduate program. Click on each of the links below to see more about each credential.

Master of Arts in Arts in Medicine (MA Arts in Medicine)

A perfect fit for both artists and healthcare professionals, the online Master of Arts (MA) in Arts in Medicine program’s comprehensive curriculum covers the practical skills and advanced knowledge necessary to safely and effectively engage the arts in healthcare environments. Students will study with accomplished leaders at the forefront of this growing field, building on their previous arts or healthcare experience to develop professional skills in the discipline of arts in medicine. 

Virtually every form of artistic expression can be applied effectively in a healthcare environment. Healthcare institutions around the globe are providing patients with opportunities for creative engagement, including the visual arts, music, writing, dance and theatre, and seeing positive results worthy of significant investment. In the MA program, students will examine best practices and models for applying the arts in healthcare and will explore how their art form of choice can be the basis of an effective practice or program development.

The program’s curriculum is designed to help students:

  • Develop an understanding of the theoretical foundations that inform the field and practice of arts in medicine
  • Understand the roles of the arts in promoting health education, health literacy, and disease prevention in community settings
  • Develop an understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate care environments and to ensure patient safety
  • Develop professional-level practical skills in using the arts to address health in healthcare and community settings
  • Gain experience in and develop an understanding of the administrative structures that support arts in medicine programs
  • Understand core issues, contemporary trends and critical debates central to the arts in medicine
  • Identify core competencies including ethical frameworks, program development and assessment, grant writing, and cultural competency

While the course requirements can be completed entirely online, students will also work directly with an arts in medicine program or in a healthcare or community setting as a part of the program’s practicum component. Program faculty will help students identify a healthcare facility near them with an established program so they can fulfill this requirement conveniently.

Learn more about how to apply.
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Graduate Certificate in Art in Medicine (GC Arts in Medicine)

For those who may not be interested in pursuing a full master’s program, but would still like to learn how to effectively weave the arts and medicine together in their careers, UF also offers an online Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine. The certificate offers students access to the first four courses of the core curriculum of the master’s program and the opportunity to participate in the basic practicum requirement. This provides a high degree of flexibility to those looking for a more expedient path towards earning a valuable professional credential and developing their skills.

Learn more about how to apply.
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Graduate Certificate in Arts in Public Health (GC Arts in Public Health)

The online Graduate Certificate in Arts in Public Health was designed to enable graduate students and professionals in public health, the arts, and other health and human services professions to engage the arts to increase health literacy and promote healthy lifestyles.

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 individual and 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.

Graduates of the certificate program will be prepared to forge partnerships between public health and arts professionals. These partnerships and initiatives will use the arts – including drama, murals, music, performance art, and digital media – to help build effective public health programs. The graduate certificate will be available beginning Fall 2020, please click here to request more information.

Learn more about how to apply.
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Combined Degree BM/BAS + MA (BM/BAS+MA Combo)

For students who are completing their Bachelor's at UF in Music, Public Health, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry and Psychology we offer a combined degree program which allows you to complete your Bachelor's and an Online Master's in Arts in Medicine at the same time. Students begin their graduate arts in medicine coursework during their junior or senior year and take an additional year to complete the online MA after finishing their respective Bachelor's program.

If you have any questions or need any assistance with the admissions process, please contact our academic advising team at or (352) 273-1488. You can also request more information here or begin an application here.

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