Montclair State University and Atlantic Health System have launched a new
graduate certificate program in Arts and Health, the first of its kind in New
Jersey, which starting this fall will help prepare those entering this
burgeoning, hybrid field.
The University’s College of the Arts and Graduate School partnered with
Atlantic Health System, one of the largest health care organizations in New
Jersey, to design the program to merge arts instruction, research, performance
and training with the fields of health care and the medical humanities. Arts
and Health students will be trained to bring the arts experience to patients,
health care providers and the communities they serve.
The latest initiative to result from the University and hospital system’s Arts and Health Partnership, which began in 2013, the program will
be co-administered through the School of Communication and Media with Christine
Lemesianou serving as graduate program coordinator.
“The partnership between Atlantic Health System and Montclair State
University has led to its first certificate program, which responds to an
increasing demand among arts professionals searching for career development
within the health care field, as well as medical professionals interested in
exploring ways that the arts can be used in comprehensive health care and
community wellness,” says College of the Arts Dean Daniel Gurskis.
Students will explore special topics in arts and health such as
advocacy, cultural diversity and communities, arts marketing, health literacy,
and ethical issues in arts and health. Instructors will guide students in best
practices for arts-based programs in community and health care settings in
addition to the application of evidence-based methodologies to assess them.
“As the arts and health care continue to complement one another in new
ways, there will be a growing demand for career education that reflects both of
these aspects,” says Maria Lupo, manager of Healing Arts at Atlantic Health
System. “Montclair State University’s College of the Arts has truly embraced
this growing field, and we are proud to partner with it.”
The academic program for the certificate consists of five three-credit,
graduate-level courses. Students will be able to complete the certificate
program within a 12-month period. Students may also register for individual
courses without pursuing the completion of the certificate program for
continuing education credits.
Courses for the certificate program will be held on the Montclair State
University campus where students will be instructed by College of the Arts
faculty in conjunction with Atlantic Health System leadership and medical
professionals. Coursework will also include online instruction as well as
observation and fieldwork that will take place at Atlantic Health System
facilities or other University-approved sites.
For more information, go to Arts and Health.