Center for Arts in Medicine

Music in Medicine

Undergraduate Certificate in Music in Medicine

The Center for Arts in Medicine, in conjunction with the School of Music, offers this certificate as an opportunity for students to explore the intersections between music and health and professional opportunities for engaging both disciplines.

The certificate recognizes special competency and achievement related to research and practical application of music in healthcare and health-related settings.  Students who fulfill the requirements for the certificate gain unique life experience and capabilities.  This certificate, recognizing these special skills, can serve as a credential for developing post-baccalaureate educational pathways and career options.  

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

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

This course explores the field of arts in health 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.

HUM 3523: Music and Health, 3 credits

Students will review music therapy and music in health research to assess, orally and in scholarly writing, how music can be utilized to enhance wellbeing, the intersections between music and psychology/cognition/human behavior, as well as health maintenance issues and medical challenges of performing artists.

MUN 1000/3000: Music ensemble, 3 credits

All music ensemble course work must be arranged with the permission of the School of Music Coordinator.

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 HUM 3523

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
HUM 4594: Music in Medicine Capstone, 1 credit

This course provides students an opportunity to undertake individual research related to the intersections between music and health.  Literature review and a culminating research paper will deepen the student’s understanding of music in medicine practice.

Prereq: HUM 3940L

Requirements and Prerequisites: To qualify for the Music in Medicine certificate, the student must attain a 3.0 average in all courses included in the certificate curriculum within six months of graduation. There are two tracks for this certificate: clinical and research. Students interested in the clinical track must demonstrate a minimum intermediate level proficiency on their primary instrument, as demonstrated by completion of or enrollment in a 2000 level studio course and an audition.  

Application Procedures

Students interested in obtaining the Undergraduate Certificate in Music in Medicine should apply to the program by the end of their sophomore year. Students from any major may apply to the program, but must complete at least 50% of certificate requirements after they have been accepted into the program.The application process includes:

Application Deadlines:  Applications are accepted November 1-January 30. Students will receive notification in early April.

Contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Ferol Carytsas to schedule an initial meeting to discuss requirements.

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