About UF

The Center for Arts in Medicine

University of Florida

The Center for Arts in Medicine was formally established by the Florida Board of Regents at the University of Florida in 1999. The Center grew from the groundbreaking clinical work of the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program, and serves as the academic, research, and outreach component of the partner programs. The Center was proposed and became operational in 1996, following the establishment of the nation’s first university level coursework in the arts in healthcare by The Center’s co-directors at UF in 1996.

Housed in the College of the Arts, the Center’s mission is three-fold, encompassing education and training in the use of the arts to enhance health, research of the arts in healthcare, and outreach to promote art and creativity as catalysts for healthy lifestyles. The Center provides a framework for interdisciplinary collaboration among University of Florida faculty and students, healthcare providers, clinical artists, and the local and global communities. Through its programming and curriculum, the Center serves as a national and international model for arts in healthcare research and education.

About the University of Florida

One of the nation’s leading public universities, UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853. Today, it is one of the most comprehensive and academically diverse universities in the United States. Since 1985, UF has been a member of the Association of American Universities, a higher-education organization comprising top public and private research universities in the U.S. and Canada.

UF is consistently ranked among the nation’s top universities:

  • U.S. News & World Report “Best Medical Schools: Research” (2016) (#43)
  • U.S. News & World Report “Top Public Universities” (2016) (#14)
  • U.S. News & World Report “Most Innovative Schools” (2016) (#18)
  • Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” (2015) (#3)
  • Fiske Guide to Colleges “Best Buys Among Publics” (2016) (#2)
  • Forbes list of “Best Public Colleges” (2014) (#15)

UF’s network of alumni spans the globe, with graduates in all 50 states and 135 countries.


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