Curriculum

Each of the courses offered through our online degree and certificate programs is designed to reflect the best practices in the field of arts in medicine. As national leaders in research and real-world involvement, the UF Center for Arts in Medicine and its faculty strive to provide a relevant, updated, comprehensive curriculum that supports students as they develop their skills.

Below is a breakdown of the courses required to complete each of our online programs.


Master of Arts in Arts in Medicine

The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine offers the Master of Arts (MA) in Arts in Medicine through online distance learning. Students interested in applying to the program may contact the Center for Arts in Medicine Graduate Programs Advisor, Ellie Sommer at esommer@arts.ufl.edu.

Requirements: Admission to the MA in Arts in Medicine program requires a bachelor’s degree in an arts, health, or related field of study, and completion a qualifying prerequisite. Requirements of the degree include completion of 35 credits of the following coursework with a 3.0 or higher GPA.

Note: All courses are 8 weeks except for the Arts in Medicine Graduate Practicum and the Arts in Medicine Capstone, which are both 16 weeks.

Core Curriculum (15 credit hours):

This online course explores the theoretical foundations that facilitate an understanding of the relationship of creativity to health and informs the field and practice of arts in medicine.
Explores the practice of arts in medicine in the fields of health and human services. The course will be providing a dynamic, interdisciplinary overview of diverse practices and methodologies in the field of arts in medicine in community and healthcare settings.
Prerequisite: Creativity and Health; Arts in Medicine in PracticeThe course will be providing a practical orientation to professional competencies, practice, and ethics for the field of arts in medicine. The professional seminar will be focusing on core issues, trends, and critical debates central to current practice within the discipline and its historical and contemporary applications.
Prerequisite: Creativity and Health; Arts in Medicine in Practice; Arts in Medicine Graduate Practicum; Arts in Medicine Professional SeminarThe Arts in Medicine Advanced Professional Seminar will be providing an advanced orientation to professional competencies, practice, and ethics for the field of arts in medicine. This online professional seminar will focus on in-depth issues, trends, and critical debates central to current practice within the discipline and its historical and contemporary applications. This course is designed to synthesize and integrate student learning in preparation for practice in the field of arts in medicine.
This online course explores research and evaluation in arts in medicine. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods will be discussed, with an emphasis on arts informed approaches for use in healthcare settings, be it in the hospital or in the community. Through video lectures, webinars, readings, writing assignments, and weekly online discussions, students will learn the basics of developing a research proposal and evaluation plan.

Practicum (8 credit hours):

Prerequisite: HUM6930, Creativity and Health: Foundations of the Arts in Medicine This course will be engaging the student in focused professional level practice in an established arts in medicine program. The student will undertake 150 hours of work, including arts practice and administration, in an approved healthcare or community program setting, with the goal of preparing for professional arts in medicine practice.
Prerequisite: Creativity and Health; Arts in Medicine in Practice; Arts in Medicine Practicum Engaging the student in research, planning, and submission/approval of a capstone project plan as a part of the Master of Arts in Arts in Medicine. The student will undertake extensive literature review and other research to support the development of a plan for undertaking an arts project that addresses health in a healthcare or community setting.
Prerequisite: Creativity and Health; Arts in Medicine in Practice; Arts in Medicine Practicum; Arts in Medicine Capstone Proposal This course will be engaging the student in advanced practice of the arts in medicine in a healthcare or community environment. The student will be implementing and evaluating a defined arts project in the healthcare or community setting, with the goal of developing professional level arts in medicine practice.

Electives (12 credit hours):

This course provides an overview of the arts therapies and the distinction between arts therapy and arts in medicine within healthcare settings. Students will learn to communicate effectively with arts therapists and will explore how collaboration with art therapists can enhance their arts in medicine practice.
This course explores how creativity and the arts develop throughout the lifespan. It provides a dynamic, interdisciplinary overview in theories of human development, and the role of the arts in marking our physical, social, and cultural milestones.
Arts & Compassion will explore art’s potential to both represent and embody compassion by considering the history of cross-cultural expressions of this character trait in literature, movement, and visual art and by examining recent scientific research pertaining to the biology of compassion.
Study and teaching of vocal techniques.
The Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive includes two weeks of on-site programming at the University of Florida in July of each year. The Intensive provides MA students with an opportunity to meet faculty and other students face to face while gaining hands-on experience in arts in medicine at UF. The program offers clinical practice and administration tracks, and is supported by a set of online learning modules.
This experiential course provides a personal exploration of the art of self care. The course takes a multi-dimensional approach to self care that includes physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual, social, professional, financial, and creative health. Students will learn concepts in self care while engaging in immersive arts experiences to revitalize themselves both professionally and personally.
This online course explores the historical and contemporary uses of art and design in the built healthcare environment. The course will provide the historical context for evolution of imagery and space for human health and healing, and explore practical applications of current healthcare design and acquisition of art.
The seminar introduces students to the professional competencies, core issues, trends, ethical frameworks, and critical debates at the intersection of the arts – particularly theatre and public art – and public health.
This course will engage the student in focused practicum work in using arts strategies for promoting public health. The student will undertake 130 hours of practicum work over 16 weeks, including project planning, implementation, and evaluation, in an approved healthcare or community program setting.

For a more detailed breakdown of the course sequencing and schedule for each term, click here.


Graduate Certificates

The requirements for the Graduate Certificates in Arts in Medicine and Arts in Public Health draw from the curriculum above to create a quicker means of earning a professional credential and studying the core fundamentals of the program. Both of the certificates require 12 credit hours of coursework to complete. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a practicum course (as in the full master’s program). See above for the descriptions for each course.

Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine (12 Credits)

This online course explores the theoretical foundations that facilitate an understanding of the relationship of creativity to health and informs the field and practice of arts in medicine.
Explores the practice of arts in medicine in the fields of health and human services. The course will be providing a dynamic, interdisciplinary overview of diverse practices and methodologies in the field of arts in medicine in community and healthcare settings.
Prerequisite: HUM6930, Creativity and Health: Foundations of the Arts in Medicine This course will be engaging the student in focused professional level practice in an established arts in medicine program. The student will undertake 150 hours of work, including arts practice and administration, in an approved healthcare or community program setting, with the goal of preparing for professional arts in medicine practice.
Prerequisite: Creativity and Health; Arts in Medicine in Practice; Arts in Medicine Graduate Practicum; Arts in Medicine Professional Seminar The Arts in Medicine Advanced Professional Seminar will be providing an advanced orientation to professional competencies, practice, and ethics for the field of arts in medicine. This online professional seminar will focus on in-depth issues, trends, and critical debates central to current practice within the discipline and its historical and contemporary applications. This course is designed to synthesize and integrate student learning in preparation for practice in the field of arts in medicine.

Graduate Certificate in Arts in Public Health (12 Credits)

This online course explores the theoretical foundations that facilitate an understanding of the relationship of creativity to health and informs the field and practice of arts in medicine.
Explores the practice of arts in medicine in the fields of health and human services. The course will be providing a dynamic, interdisciplinary overview of diverse practices and methodologies in the field of arts in medicine in community and healthcare settings.
This course will engage the student in focused practicum work in using arts strategies for promoting public health. The student will undertake 130 hours of practicum work over 16 weeks, including project planning, implementation, and evaluation, in an approved healthcare or community program setting.
The seminar introduces students to the professional competencies, core issues, trends, ethical frameworks, and critical debates at the intersection of the arts – particularly theater and public art – and public health.


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