Comprehensive national and international research has repeatedly demonstrated that arts programs and activities make significant contributions to health outcomes. Arts-Health Analysis: You critically evaluate ethos, theories, and evidence-bases for varying approaches to arts-health then write a journal article that articulates and comparatively evaluates your own arts-health praxis (Distinction/ Merit/ Pass/ Fail : 48 Contact Hours within 200 Study Hours).
In addition to many advances made in mental health services, the arts are used to treat and educate communities about risk, prevention and care for wide ranging public health, environmental and medical issues including obesity, asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease, dementia, palliative care, hospice services, and violence as a health epidemic.
Combining critical mental health sciences and research methods with a rigorous study of the history, theory, and practice of performance with and about mental illness, the MSc includes modules both separately and jointly taught across its two core fields, in order to ensure students receive rigorous training in best practices in each field, as well as plenty of opportunity to think, work, read, write, and make performance that reaches across both fields.
Speakers: Paul Crawford University of Nottingham, Health Humanities Research Priority Area and International Health Humanities Network; Alex Coulter Arts & Health South West; Norma Daykin University of Winchester, Centre for Arts as Wellbeing; Brian Hurwitz King’s College London, Centre for the Humanities and Health; Val Huet British Association of Art Therapy; Angela Fenwick Birmingham Centre for Arts Therapies.
ARHL510: Foundations in Arts and Health (3cr) – This course provides a general survey of the arts, across their various forms and manifestations (performing, studio, literary, etc.) as they relate to the numerous domains of human health (physiological, cognitive, emotional, social, etc.).