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Health Careers - Arts & Humanities in HealthArts & Humanities in Health: Arts and Humanities in Health are arts based careers in the health care sector. Graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Arts (BA) or a Masters Degree in Arts (MA) can prepare an individual for a rewarding career in healthcare. BA graduates often have practical skills in management, communications, languages and other creative skills which can be used to compliment the skills of the medically trained staff. Having a knowledge of the arts, also allows for professionals to make well informed decisions e.g. taking cultural differences into account.

More and more healthcare professionals are recommending that terminally ill and long suffering patients use the creative arts to come to terms with their conditions. It is proven that patients using a creative outlet to express their emotions, have a more positive attitude which helps fight depression and aids the patients mental health.

Some of the Arts and Humanities in Health Careers are:

Art Therapist. A qualified art therapist uses the creative arts to promote the positive mental health of people of all ages. Art Therapy has been proven to reduce stress and increase confidence among patients with illnesses including: depression, addictions, social & emotional problems, violence and neurological problems. To become an Art Therapist you must complete an accredited Masters Degree program in Art Therapy.

Programs are accredited by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and include core subjects such as: The History and theory of art therapy, Techniques of practice in art therapy, Application of art therapy with people in different treatment settings, Ethical and legal issues of art therapy practice, Standards of practice in art therapy and Cultural and social diversity.

Medical Historian. Most Medical Historians work in universities, libraries, archives, medical schools or museums. Regardless of the work setting, a Medical Historians job mainly consists of research. To become a Medical Historian you must complete an accredited program. Many Medical Historians have a doctoral degree in history or science and others have a medical degree with a post grad in history. Some historians have both a Ph.D and a M.D..

To pursue a career as a Medical Historian you will need to spend a minimum of 4 years in university after obtaining your graduate degree. The American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM) is were Medical Historians can avail of resources and participate in dialogue with other historians.

Medical Illustrator. A medical illustrator is a highly skilled artist with training in science and medicine. The job of a medical illustrator involves recording visual material. As online learning is expanding, so to is the need for illustrators. Medical illustrators are also in demand for publishing textbooks and medical articles. The career of a medical illustrator is a fast growing specialized sector. Qualified illustrators can earn salaries between $50,000 - $80,000.

To become a qualified Medical Illustrator you will need to complete a Masters Degree program in Medical Illustration. Medical Illustrators can voluntarily become Certified Medical Illustrators (CMI) by completing a written examination by the Medical Illustrators Board of Certification.

Medical Librarian. A medical Librarian is responsible for helping allied health professionals, physicians and researchers to stay current with new developments in their specialty areas. Medical Librarians are highly skilled in their field and can earn salaries of up to $160,000, which is much higher than the other Arts & Humanities in Health careers. Along with working as a librarian, Medical Librarians may also spend much of their time teaching and researching in universities and medical schools. They are also very involved with Informatics and compiling information for others to use.

To become a Medical Librarian you must complete a Master of Library and Information Science degree from an accredited American Library Association (ALA) program. Many Medical Librarians continue to study for a Ph.D. as more senior positions require a doctorate as a perquisite.

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