Graduate Minor in Arts in Public Health

About the Graduate Minor

Arts have long been linked to creativity, change and the power to transform lives. The Dornsife School of Public Health’s graduate minor in Arts in Public Health focuses on the vitality and power of arts to transform individuals, neighborhoods, communities and society. With an emphasis on community and social transformation, the program builds on the City of Philadelphia’s renowned and longstanding commitment to public arts.

As the first U.S. school of public health with a graduate minor in Arts in Public Health, the Dornsife program is built on an unflinching commitment to justice, equity and human rights and emphasizes the vital roles of community engagement, citizen activism and multi-sector collaboration. With innovation, creativity and social imagination at its center, the program integrates knowledge, action, research and policy through a foundational course (CHP 530) and three additional courses from a lengthy list of approved electives.

Admission Requirements

Graduate minors are designed to complement students' training by providing basic knowledge in topics outside their primary discipline. All matriculated graduate students in quarter programs are eligible to enroll.

Students must receive approval from their home program, the Dornsife School of Public Health, and the Arts in Public Health program director and complete the necessary paperwork with the DSPH Academic Advising Team.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
CHP 530Arts for Community Health and Wellbeing3.0
Electives (Choose Three) *9.0
Dornsife School of Public Health
Community-Engaged Practice in Arts and Community Health
Design and Grant Writing for Community Health Programs
Multicultural Competence in Community Health and Prevention
Community Organizing and Community Assessment for Health and Wellness
Intersectional Perspectives
Migration and Health
Theory & Practice of Community Health and Prevention II
Qualitative Research in Community Health
Community Based Participatory Research
Interprofessional Collaboration for Urban Health
Introduction to Urban Health
Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic
Violence, Trauma and Adversity in Public Health
Public Health Advocacy and Activism
Abolition Frameworks for Public Health: Transformative Policies for a New Society
Health and Human Rights
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design
Arts Entrepreneurship
Arts in Education
Creative Placemaking
Community Cultural Planning
Political Activism in the Arts
Civic Engagement & Participatory Methods
Urbanism, Health & the Built Environment
College of Nursing and Health Professions
Foundations of Creative Arts Therapies
Center for Food and Hospitality Management
Culture and Gastronomy
School of Education
Foundations in Creativity
Tools and Techniques in Creativity
Diagnostic Creative Intervention
Total Credits12.0

Additional courses may count towards the elective requirement with Minor Director approval.  

Additional electives may count towards the minor with program director approval.

Additional Information

For more information about this graduate minor, please contact:

DSPH Academic Advising Team
Office of Education

Rabbi Nancy E. Epstein
Professor, Dept. of Community Health and Prevention
Program Director, Arts in Public Health Graduate Minor

Additional information can be found on the Dornsife School of Public Health website.

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