Online Graduate Certificate in Arts & Health

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University of Houston

The Graduate Certificate in Arts and Health Program, offered through the M.A. in Arts Leadership Program, is an exclusive 9-credit, non-degree synchronous online program at the University of Houston. The program combines the fine and performing arts into the areas of health, healthcare and well-being.

During this synchronous online program, students will have the opportunity to meet with their instructors and peers in each of their classes for a one-week in-person portion of the course. Students will engage in field trips and visit with working professionals in the field in the city of Houston.

Undertaking this Graduate Certificate in Arts and Health is:

– an opportunity for specialization in the emerging professional field of arts and health

– an opportunity for advanced training in a specialized topic area which may not be covered in detail in any of our existing degree programs at UH

– an opportunity for continuing professional education

– a distinction on your graduate degree transcript

The program is open to both current and prospective University of Houston graduate students. Current University of Houston graduate students must have completed a minimum of 9 graduate credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a related field which can include (but is not limited to) art, art history, arts leadership, architecture, anthropology, education, history, health sciences, liberal arts and social sciences, medicine and nursing.

The classes are all offered in a synchronous online learning platform that offers busy working professionals distance education that combines real-time engagement with on-demand access.


In order to receive the Graduate Certificate in Arts and Health, certificate courses cannot double count between the certificate and any other graduate program on or off the UH campus. Individual courses can, however, be taken as elective courses in any UH graduate degree program. Students have up to three years to complete the certificate.

The certificate requires 9 semester credit hours of coursework. It consists of:
• 6 hours of required specialty arts and health courses
• 3 hours free elective, including an optional internship placement

Required Courses
ARLD 6380 - Introduction to Arts and Health
This 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 and will serve as an introduction to the emerging field of Arts in Health. This experiential course will be held in part at the Texas Medical Center and consist of lectures by established professionals in the field, tours to programs in session, and hands on activities. In completion of this course students will demonstrate a broad understanding of how the arts are used to improve health and well-being in America in; the healthcare environment, the patient experience, clinical services, caring for caregivers, health sciences education and community health and well-being.

ARLD 6382 - Healthcare Administration, Policy and Research
This course explores an overview of hospital administration and 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 discussions, students will learn the basics of developing a research proposal and evaluation plan.

Elective Courses
One (1) course (3 credit hours) from the following must be completed within three years to successfully to complete the graduate certificate:

ARLD 6381 - Arts and Health in Practice
This course 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 including art therapy, art in public health, art and design in the environment of care, art and compassion, art and human development and art of self-care.

ARLD 6391 Internship Placement
A 150- hour professional placement in an arts integrated healthcare setting.

ARLD 6310 Fundraising for the Arts
The course serves as an introduction to fundraising strategies for leaders of the arts and provides a comprehensive overview of the fundraising process for non-profit organizations. Students are introduced to basic terminology and concepts in the field; relationship building, the solicitation process, the grants process, major gifts process, the annual campaign, corporate giving and the role of planned giving within an organization’s overall fundraising efforts.

ARLD 6315 Public Relations and Marketing in the Arts
Introduction to public relations and marketing for leaders of arts organizations, this introductory course surveys a variety of techniques, from audience research and campaign development to advertising and branding, and emerging online tools. Basic strategies of public relations will be explored along with methods for making the most of social media platforms to develop and deepen customer relationships. The course will cover marketing principles as they relate to building, maintaining and developing audiences for performing and visual arts organizations.

ARLD 6320 Financial Management for the Arts
Course investigates fundamental concepts of financial theory and applies to the management of Arts Organizations; concepts include financial statement analysis, profit planning, sources and forms of financing, budgeting and business valuation

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