University of South Florida

School of Theatre & Dance

College of the Arts

Dance Medicine & Science Certificate

Students interested in exploring the field of dance medicine and science have the option to pursue the Dance Medicine and Science Certificate. Open to degree-seeking (any major) and non-degree-seeking students, this certificate program will give you a basic understanding of issues pertaining to the wellness of dancers. Areas of study include 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/science research. Enhance your specialized study through support courses that address the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, the mechanical principles related to motor performance, the physiological effects of exercise, nutrition, and principles of motor development and skill acquisition.

The certificate program culminates in a Capstone experience through the Research in Dance II course. Students will review a variety of research in the dance medicine/science field, then complete their own research project exploring a relevant topic in the field.

All majors are welcome. Dance majors, health science majors, exercise science majors, physical education majors interested in dance medicine/science are encouraged to apply.

View the Dance Medicine and Science Certificate curriculum and requirements in the USF Undergraduate Catalog.

Dance faculty member Dr. Morris is the Certificate Program Coordinator. Please meet with her as well to discuss your specific interests:

If you would like to pursue the Dance Medicine and Science Certificate, please meet with the dance academic advisor. Contact Nadine Niforos via or call (813) 974-1739.