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Graduate Certificate: Arts in Health
Understanding how the fine arts impact health and well-being

Graduate Arts in Health Certificate

“Arts in Health is a field dedicated to using the power of the arts to enhance health and well-being in diverse institutional and community contexts.”

—the National Organization of Arts in Health (NOAH)

Certificate Overview

The Arts in Health graduate certificate allows any graduate student (degree or non-degree) at Ohio University to learn a breadth of foundational concepts related to the Fine Arts in Health theory, practice, and research. Students will have opportunities to provide analysis of visual art, dance, theater, music, film or philosophy of art in relation to health, as well as have unique opportunities to experience community Arts in Health practices.

This online certificate requires two Arts in Health courses and two electives chosen from pre-approved graduate courses in Arts Administration, Public Health, and Integrated Health Sciences disciplines. The certificate allows degree seeking and non-degree seeking students opportunities to gain foundational knowledge in Arts in Health while exploring topics related to their own interests in the arts and health sciences disciplines.

All classes are offered online through eCampus. The certificate requires the student to take four 3-hour graduate courses, two which are required and two chosen from a list of pre-approved electives. Courses can be completed over two semesters.

Goals and Outcomes:

Learn more about the about the arts in health initiative.

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

– Support and actively guide how the Fine Arts can impact health for a variety of public health communities.

– Engage in successful community-based Arts in Health volunteer experiences. 

– Apply concepts and experiences from the Arts in Health certificate to their other graduate studies or current work. 


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Opportunities Upon Completion

This unique Arts in Health certificate sets students apart in their search for internships and career opportunities, in the fields of public health, the medical field, and in community art programs, all of which are in need of professionals with knowledge of how fine arts can meet the health needs of the people they serve. Students interested in the Arts in Health Certificate and who are performing, visual or literary artists are encouraged to consider the Master of Applied Arts in Health which would allow them to have more applied experiences and obtain a deeper understanding of how to utilize their art in healthcare, public health, and community health programs.

Other options are to contact the directors of the Master of Arts Administration or the Master of Integrated Health Studies to explore overlaps between the certificate and those programs.

Admission Requirements & Eligibility

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer 
Degree-seeking or non-degree status welcome 

Whether you are a current graduate student, or a new degree-seeking or non-degree seeking graduate student, apply to this certificate through the Graduate College.

Required Coursework

Required Courses:

  • IART 5801 - Introduction to Arts in Health (Fall)
  • IART 5802 - Arts in Health Community Project (Spring)

Elective Courses:

Complete a minimum of two courses from the following lists of electives. Courses may be a mix of online and Athens campus instruction.

Athens Online and eCampus Courses

  • HLTH 6710 - Public Health Concepts
  • HLTH 6720 - Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health
  • IHS 5300 - Fundamental Health Policy: Concepts, Components and Systems
  • IHS 5514 - Professional and Clinical Ethics for the Health Professions
  • THAR 5900 - Special Topics in Theater Arts


Program Contact:

For more information and answers to questions, please contact:

Sharon R. Boyle, D.H.Sc., M.M., MT-BC
Associate Professor of Music Therapy
Director of Arts in Health