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Arts in health

Learn how to incorporate arts into public health and healthcare
This course gives students practical examples of how to incorporate the arts into public health and healthcare.

Course overview

This course gives students practical examples of how to incorporate the arts into public health and health care. It offers a rich and detailed exploration of varying debates in the scholarly and practice-based fields of arts-and-health, which include but are not limited to: status and uses of art therapy; music, psychology and medicine; narrative health; hospital art, design and architecture; and the role of art in public health, health research, and social marketing campaigns. Students will be treated to a diverse range of guest lecturers from the fields of visual performing arts and related areas of expertise.

This course will appeal to students of public health; literary, visual and performing arts; social work; psychology; and related disciplines, who want to understand more about the inter-connectedness of the arts with human health.

Questions covered

  • Why is art important to health and how does it achieve such sometimes transformative effects?
  • How can we evaluate arts and health programs? When do we know they are delivering value for money?
  • What sorts of arts-based programs are useful for different user groups?
  • Does art help people develop empathy for others or for suffering?
  • What are the most significant ethical issues in developing arts and health approaches and programs?

Important: This short course is a variant of the unit of study, Creativity and Creative Arts in Health (BETH5207)It enables you to complete the unit without formal university enrolment. You will receive a certificate of completion, however, you will not receive credit points towards a University of Sydney degree.

Key information
Course fees
  • $1,100 (incl. GST)
  • 10% discount for groups of three or more participants from the same institution or organisation
Course structure
  • The course will be held over 4 days at the University of Sydney's main campus. It is in an intensive format, running from 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch. There are also online discussions to participate in. Lectures will also be recorded and will be made available on the eLearning website.
  • For queries regarding course content, please contact
Application deadline Tuesday 3rd March 2020
  • Tuesday 10th March 2020
  • Wednesday 11th March 2020
  • Friday 3rd April 2020
  • Saturday 4th April 2020

How to apply


Complete the online application. You will be able to enter payment details as part of this secure process. 

Groups (three or more)

Complete the group application form (pdf, 57.7KB) and submit it to

University of Sydney staff

Contact us regarding a journal transfer after you have submitted your application form.

Group application form

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