FAQ

What is Arts in Medicine?

For a brief history of the field and more information about what arts in medicine professionals do, click here.


What is the total tuition cost for each program?

Cost per Credit Hour: $660

MA in Arts and Medicine, Total: $23,100
Online Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine, Total: $7,920
Online Graduate Certificate in Arts in Public Health, Total: $7,920


How long are each of the terms?

Most courses are offered in 8-week sessions, but some courses are 16 weeks (the practicum, evaluation, and capstone projects, along with some electives).


What are the application deadlines?

We are always reviewing applications, so you may apply at any time for either of the two start dates. For more information, contact a Graduate Programs Advisor at artsinmedicine@arts.ufl.edu.


The next terms are:

Fall A 2016
Start Date: August 22, 2016
End Date: October 14, 2016

Fall B 2016
Start Date: October 17, 2016
End Date: December 9, 2016

Spring A 2017
Start Date: January 2, 2017
End Date: February 24, 2017

Spring B 2017
Start Date: February 27, 2017
End Date: April 21, 2017

There are 2 opportunities to begin the program each year. For our annual academic calendar and application deadline information, please contact a Graduate Programs Advisor at esommer@arts.ufl.edu.


How quickly are students able to complete the programs?

The MA in Arts in Medicine program spans fall, spring and summer semesters, and can be completed in 2 years if students follow the defined course sequence. If students choose to vary the course sequence, that time could be extended. The graduate certificate programs each take roughly 8-10 months.


What is the Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive Program?

The Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive is designed to provide students and professionals at all levels of experience with a comprehensive overview of the field, including its theoretical foundations, professional opportunities, and scope of practice. The program includes two weeks of on-site programming at the University of Florida and a set of online modules designed to be completed prior to the program.

The Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive is an intensive training program for artists, caregivers, administrators, students, educators, and others who wish to explore the roles of the arts in healthcare fields and settings. Participants may choose the arts clinical practice or administration track. Both tracks include workshops in the history, philosophy and physiology of art and healing, experiential workshops in the visual arts, music, dance, theatre and writing, workshops in compassion fatigue and self-care, facilitating the arts at the bedside, arts in healthcare program implementation, administration, and grant writing, research, and practical bedside arts experience with the Shands Arts in Medicine program. The intensive now includes new online modules, including Patient Safety, Understanding the Experience of Illness, Healthcare Culture, and Healthcare Communication.

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How can I apply these programs to my career?

The online programs in arts in medicine are designed to help professionals develop careers that engage the arts to enhance individual and community health. At this time, there are no credentialing or certification requirements for arts in healthcare professionals. However, training for professionals is essential and employers are looking for evidence of appropriate training and experience, particularly related to patient safety and professionalism.


Are there any prerequisites to the online programs in arts in medicine and arts in public health

Yes. All applying students must have fulfilled one of the following requirements:

  • Completion of the Introduction to the Arts in Healthcare course at UF with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Completion of the Arts in Healthcare Summer Intensive program at UF or the University at Buffalo
  • A minimum of one year of professional experience as an artist or administrator in the field of Arts in Medicine
  • Other experience as determined appropriate by the Center’s director
  • Completion of the “Creating For the Health of It” online module

Additionally, applicants to the online Graduate Certificate in Arts in Public Health must have completed at least one graduate-level course in public health.


Are there any live components to the programs?

Bi-weekly phone calls with faculty are included in the practicum course. Students may also choose to interact with other students via phone or Skype during group projects.


Is financial aid available?

The University of Florida offers financial aid for graduate students, including employment and loan programs. Graduate students should begin by applying for aid, using FAFSA on the Web.

Degree-seeking students can apply for student loans and learn more about their grant, scholarship and loan options through our Student Financial Affairs site.

Unfortunately, UF does not provide financial aid for graduate certificate programs, nor is federal aid available. Contact our Graduate Programs Advisor at (352) 273-1488 to discuss your options or answer any questions you have about tuition, or visit our financial aid page.


Can students complete the program part-time?

Yes. Students can complete assignments on a schedule that works for them.


What is the “Creating for the Health of It” online module?

This module is designed to prepare students and professionals to begin the UF Center for Arts in Medicine’s online graduate programs, including the MA in Arts in Medicine, the Graduate Certificate in Arts in Medicine, and the Graduate Certificate in Arts in Public Health. Through this module, students come to understand the basic concepts that shape the field of arts in medicine and become familiar with the basic applications and professional opportunities available.

For more information, contact a Graduate Programs Advisor at (352) 273-1488.


How many hours should students devote to coursework each week?

Each 3-credit, 8-week course requires approximately 16 hours of active time per week. However, this time will vary depending on the individual.


What support services does UF offer online students?

  • Gator Careerlink – This career resource guide provides degree seeking students access to full and part-time opportunities, internships, co-ops, information sessions, workshops, career fair information, networking opportunities, mock interview options, career planning appointments, and so much more.
  • 24/7 Tech Support – The e-Learning Help Desk and e-Libraries Help Desk sites are always available to answer any questions you may have.

What is the practicum?

The Arts in Medicine (AIM) Graduate Practicum provides students with opportunities to undertake hands-on work with a particular health related population at a clinical or community site. The goal of the practicum is to give students the chance to apply their knowledge of arts in medicine academic theory and understanding of professional proficiencies to healthcare, or community‐based, hands‐on practice. Students are expected to act as a facilitator of arts activities within the Practicum.

On‐site Practicum activities may include facilitation of individual or group art activities, public performances or events, or other arts activities as proposed by the student and approved by the CAM faculty, course instructor, and on‐site supervisor. The AIM Graduate Practicum course runs over 16 weeks. The practicum hours should be completed over 12 weeks. Students should plan to begin the hands‐on practicum work facilitating the arts to participants at the site no later than the fourth week of the course.


What is the capstone?

The Capstone provides an opportunity for students to design their own ultimate challenge and hands-on learning experience as the culmination of their MA in Arts in Medicine degree. The Capstone includes a project that they undertake and an assessment of that project, which can be either research or evaluation. In the capstone, students may choose to take an active role as an artist facilitator or they may take a more administrative role as a project director. The Capstone course will span 16 weeks, including completion of the final paper.

Prior to undertaking the Capstone, students register for the Capstone Proposal course. During that eight-week course, students develop the Capstone plan, undertake an exhaustive literature review, and write the Capstone Proposal. They then typically have eight weeks before beginning to work on details of their plan, which may require IRB approval if human research is undertaken.

While the MA in Arts in Medicine is a nonthesis degree program, the Capstone is equivalent to a thesis in that it asks students to undertake a significant project and conduct an equally significant assessment of that project. Within the Capstone Proposal and Capstone courses, students enjoy tremendous support from faculty and peers. At the completion of Capstone, students have prepared themselves to achieve their professional goals. Final Capstone papers are retained in the UF Libraries.