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Cutting-Edge Patient Treatment

USD leads the way for Arts in Health in the Midwest.

Learn how the arts can help manage health.

The 100% online undergraduate or graduate Arts in Health (AIH) Certificate is a 12 credit-hour certificate program that teaches basic and advanced healthcare concepts and how the fine arts can crossover to help develop patient-care tools to assist medical professionals in patient treatment. You will learn about the principles behind arts in health work, various cultures and how to perceive fine arts as a healthcare tool.

Arts in health embraces the visual arts, dance & movement, music, literature and poetry, drama and theater and the contemplative arts, allowing individuals with a variety of skills and interests to engage, expanding the healing benefits of the arts.

Through classroom and community service learning hours, you will gain valuable skills working with a variety of healthcare populations.

  • Senior Living
  • Acute Care
  • Long Term Care
  • Pediatric Care
  • Hospice and End of Life
  • Schools
  • Group Homes
  • Disability Services
  • Prisons and Detention Centers
  • And many more

The Arts in Health Certificate program is open to all majors and no prerequisites are required.

Undergraduate Arts in Health Certificate Curriculum

Graduate Arts in Health Certificate Curriculum