University of South Florida

School of Music

USF College of The Arts



The School of Theater and Dance offers a certificate in Dance Medicine and Science. This certificate is designed for students who are degree seeking (any major) OR non-degree seeking and who possess a strong interest in exploring the field of dance medicine and science. This certificate program will give students a basic understanding of issues pertaining to the health and wellness of dancers such as: typical injury and misalignment patterns, injury prevention and treatment, injury risk factors, effective conditioning, muscular analysis of dance movement, and current topics in dance medicine and science research. Undergirding this specialized study are support courses which address the structure and function of the musculo-skeletal system as well as the mechanical principles related to motor performance, the physiological effects of exercise, nutrition, and principles of motor development and skill acquisition. The capstone experience will be undertaken in the Research in Dance II course where students will review a variety of research in the dance medicine and science field and will complete a research project exploring a relevant topic in the field. Students who are dance majors, health science majors, exercise science majors, or physical education majors interested in dance medicine and science, are encouraged to apply. Other majors are also welcome. Students are required to take 18 credit hours composed of the courses below. Intent to pursue the certificate should be discussed with the academic advisor for dance.

Morsani College of Medicine

Morsani College of Medicine has created a performing arts medicine colloquium that is offered to medical and physical therapy students, starting Fall of 2019.


Colloquium Topic: Performing Arts Medicine
Lead Faculty: Larry Collins, PA-C, ATC
Other Participating Faculty: Sang Hie Lee, Dusty Narducci, Merry Morris, Sherrice Rose, Juanita Patterson-Price, Steven Spector, Eric Coris, Darla Freeman, Cara Bryan and Daniel Vincent

Introduction to the unique health concerns and risks that performing artists are exposed to from the perspective of medicine, physical therapy and auditory health. Course will introduce students to the activities of dancers, vocalists and musicians and how various healthcare providers promote education, prevention, and treatment in response to various arts-specific health concerns. Students will hear introductory and research-based lectures and engage in hands-on assessment activities with clinicians and artists to gain a perspective from the artist and the clinician.

Meeting Times

Session 1 Friday, September 13, 2019 3:00p-5:00p
• Introduction to Performing Arts Medicine (Dr. Steven Specter, PAMA faculty)
• Overview of Colloquium with 4-6 member panel discussing the history of performing arts medicine to include dance, music and voice terminology

Session 2 Friday, October 18, 2019 3:00p-5:00p
• Medical Assessment of the Musician (Sang Hie Lee and Dr. Dusty Narducci)
• Assessment of the musician with live demonstration

Session 3 Friday, November 15, 2019 3:00p-5:00p
• Dance Medicine (Merry Morris, Sherrice Rose, Juanita Patterson-Price and Dr. Eric Coris)
• Assessment of the dancer with live dancer evaluation

Session 4 Friday, January 31, 2020 3:00p-5:00p
• Assessment of the Vocalist (Darla Freeman, Cara Bryan and Dr. Daniel Vincent)
• Assessment of the vocalist with live evaluation of vocalist (stroboscopy)

Session 5 Friday, February 28, 2020 3:00p-5:00p
• Student Case Report Presentations @ PAMA Meeting
• Assignments (reading, research, writing, presentation, other learning activities):
• Readings will be made available through CANVAS for students to prepare for each session.

College of Public Health & Judy Genshaft Honors College

College of Public Health is sponsoring a general education-Global Citizenship Certification cours Intro to Performing Medicine to be submitted for new course proposal in Fall semester of 2019. This course will be also offered through Judy Genshaft Honors College once approved through the system.

Student Chapter

The Performing Arts Medicine Student Chapter welcomes undergraduate and post-gradua students from all areas of study within the University of South Florida, for example, arts, medicine, therapy, psychology, biology, engineering, communications, and communication disorders.  As part of the organization, students gain insight into the emerging inter-professional field and possible opportunities for professional development. Student Chapter members also get to work closely with the USF-PAMA Collaborative in planning and facilitating Performing Arts Medicine Conferences.

Interested in getting involved with the Performing Arts Medicine Student Chapter? Email PAMA or our student liaison.