Center for Arts in Medicine

Dance in Medicine

The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, in conjunction with the School of Theatre and Dance, offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Dance in Medicine to UF students.  This certificate can serve as a credential for developing post-baccalaureate educational pathways and career options.

This undergraduate certificate program allows you to explore your interests in creativity and the arts through the lens of health and well-being.  In the certificate program, you will have the opportunity to observe and apply the arts in healthcare and/or community contexts.

This certificate is unique because you will have access to these types of learning experiences: hands-on practical experience with patients and/or community members, exposure to arts in health related fields, the opportunity to develop career readiness skills such as oral and written communication, leadership, collaboration and problem solving. This certificate will allow you to interact with patients and/or community members, arts in health leaders, artists, healthcare professionals, arts administrators, and non-profit organizations.

The certificate is different than a minor because you get hands-on applied experience. Making the choice to complete the certificate shows intentionality and commitment to interdisciplinary exploration and an awareness of the value of arts to health and well-being in society.

Required Courses 

Students should note that some of the listed courses have pre-requisites.

HUM 2592: Introduction to the Arts in Medicine in a Global Context, 3 credits

Explores the field of arts in medicine in a global context, focusing on the many ways that the arts can be used to enhance health and wellbeing in healthcare or community settings and the relationship of culture to healing practices, systems, and health literacy in various regions of the world.

Note: This course is currently offered in fall and spring semesters. 

DAN 3775: Dance in Medicine, 3 credits

This experiential course explores the links between the creative and the healing arts, focusing on the many ways that dance and movement can be used to enhance the healing process. It includes lecture/discussion, student workshops in dance and the other arts and laboratory experiences. This course is appropriate for students of the arts and/or of health related fields who are willing to access their creative potentials.

Prereq: instructor permission

Note: This course is only offered in fall semesters.

DAA 2000-4000 Any level dance technique, min. 2 credits

All dance technique course work must be arranged with the permission of the School of Theatre and Dance Coordinator.

DAA 1000 or DAN 2100 Dance Fundamentals or Dance Appreciation, 3 credits
HUM 3940L Arts in Medicine Practicum, 2 credits 

Provides basic to intermediate-level mentored practice in the arts in healthcare in a clinical or community environment. Emphasizes a primary discipline while deepening the understanding of the practice through documentation self-assessment and a culminating paper.

Prereq: HUM 2592 and DAN 3775

Students must be registered for Practicum and contact the AIM Service Learning Coordinator by these dates:

  • Fall Semester: July 1
  • Spring Semester: December 1
  • Summer Semester: April 1

Application Procedures

Students interested in obtaining this certificate should apply by the end of their freshmen year and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.  Students must complete at least 50% of certificate requirements after they have been accepted into the program. Students should contact the Center for Arts in Medicine’s undergraduate certificate advisor who will assist with application procedures.  

Application reqirements:

  • Complete the online application and notify once submitted.
    • Note: the application goes through a formal UF portal. When you navigate to the online application page, click the "Apply Online" option.
  • Email a one-page personal statement to
    • The one-page personal statement should include your goals and objectives for completing the certificate and how you envision the certificate supporting your career goals.  
  • For more information, contact the Dance in Medicine discipline liaison, Ferol Carytsas at

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