About Us


The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine serves as the national academic leader for the field of arts in health. Arts in health is an expanding field that employs artists, public health, healthcare, human services, and other professionals to use the arts to promote health and wellbeing. The Center offers a fully online Graduate Certificate in Arts In Public Health and an online Master of Arts in Arts in Medicine. Our experienced faculty teach students to successfully incorporate the arts—and research their effects on wellbeing—in healthcare, public health, and community settings. Our students build healthier communities through cross-sector collaboration that engages arts and culture for health promotion and health communication.


Arts in Public Health Online Graduate Certificate (12 Credits) – http://arts.ufl.edu/SOPHEGradInfo/ 

UF Center for Arts in Medicine

Home Page: https://arts.ufl.edu/cam/

Online Graduate Programs: https://arts.ufl.edu/camGrad/

Arts in Medicine Summer Intensive, June 8-19, Gainesville, FL: https://arts.ufl.edu/AIMSI/ 

Request Information: https://arts.ufl.edu/SOPHEGradInfo

Our Mission

The University of Florida Center for the Arts in Medicine is committed to advancing research, education, and practice in arts in medicine, locally and globally. Through ongoing interdisciplinary research, training programs, and dynamic academic programs the Center advances its mission to further the field of arts in health.

Established in the College of the Arts in 1996, the Center provides a framework for interdisciplinary collaboration among University of Florida faculty and students, healthcare providers, clinical artists, and our local and global communities. The Center develops and effects interdisciplinary research studies and educational curricula on all levels and serves as a national model for arts in health research, education, and training.

Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in Americahttp://arts.ufl.edu/SOPHEchc/

Over the past several decades, evidence has mounted to demonstrate that arts and culture have measurable impacts on health and wellbeing. Today, innovation is taking root at the intersections of the arts, public health and community development throughout the nation. Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America is a national initiative designed to accelerate this innovation.

The overarching goal of the initiative is to build stronger and healthier communities in alignment with national public health goals through strategic cross-sector collaboration, research and translation of knowledge and evidence into practice and policy.

Led by the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, in partnership with ArtPlace America, the initiative engages a comprehensive agenda – including research, collaboration, publication and communication – to drive significant improvements in the health of American communities through evidence-based use of the arts.

The Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America initiative brings together artists, researchers, public health professionals, community builders, policy-makers and others in conversations about some of the most significant determinants of health, including equity, social cohesion, racism, and chronic disease, and how the arts and culture sector can be a partner in effectively addressing these issues.

Creating Healthy Communities Through Cross-Sector Collaboration Webinar Series -- 

The national Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America initiative has recently released a white paper that presents a case for why cross-sector collaboration is critically needed to address the complex issues that limit health in the US. This white paper frames the value of arts and culture for advancing health and well-being in communities, and offers examples of impactful cross-sector collaborations that engage arts and culture to address five critical public health issues - collective trauma, racism, social isolation and exclusion, mental health, and chronic disease. 

Watch the replay of the first 5 webinars in the series using this link


Register for Webinar #6 focusing on Chronic Disease here. It is scheduled for April 7, 2020 at 2pm Eastern https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8x0rvxG7STd64Jv

Creating Healthy Communities Network

We currently have over 600 professionals from across the country registered in the initiative’s professional network. It is the best way to stay in the know about the project. The Network convenes in a private Facebook group. Members are welcome to share information about their work and the work of others relevant to the intersection of the arts/culture sector and public health. You will be invited to join that group once you complete the short registration form. 



Center for Arts in Medicine at University of FL 

  • Arts in Public Health- Advisory 2
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  • Talking About Arts in Health, Whitepaper
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  • Arts in Health Communication- Article 1
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  • Arts in Health Communication- Article 2
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  • Creating Healthy Communities Through Cross-sector Collaboration White Paper
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  • Arts in Public Health- Advisory 1
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Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America – Resource Repository


Arts in Ebola Response: Artist and Program Repository


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