Short courses


Culture, Health and Wellbeing: An Introduction

  • 9 hours
  • No start date - work at your own pace


This online course will help you develop, deliver and evaluate health and wellbeing work within a museum, arts, heritage or cultural organisation.

The course aims to:

  • define what health and wellbeing provision can be within a cultural organisation
  • show how this work fits into new thinking within the health sector
  • use best practice examples to inspire new work and ensure provision is sustainable and suitable for your organisation and community
  • demonstrate how evaluation can be utilised successfully in order to pilot and improve your provision
  • establish how health and wellbeing work can be embedded on an organisational level
  • provide practical step-by-step advice on how to get started or how to reframe existing work

Throughout the course you'll be encouraged to reflect on what you have learnt and how you can apply this in your organisation.

This course has been created by the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance.

Course content and structure

The course is entirely online and you can study at your own pace.

It has six modules:

  1. An introduction to health and wellbeing
  2. Partnership and co-creation
  3. Types of audiences and activities
  4. Measuring impact
  5. Organisational change
  6. Next steps

Each module is divided into a number of sections on key themes. For each section you'll read a brief explanation and learn about a relevant case study, in the form as a short film, pdf or report.

You'll also be asked to reflect on your learning using your own experience and practice. These exercises won't be marked or assessed, but will help you to take your own work forward.

Who the course is for

The course is aimed at professionals working in museum, arts, heritage or cultural organisations and anyone else interested in health and wellbeing work in this sector.

It will be useful for those who haven't yet undertaken work in this area, or those who are already doing so but would like support in certain aspects of their provision.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you'll:

  • understand what health and wellbeing is as a general concept, the health sector and how it works to enable joint working, and how to embed wellbeing within the whole museum
  • be able to undertake health and wellbeing work, such as partnership working, co-creation with audiences, measuring impact, safeguarding and influencing senior staff  
  • have the confidence to start and sustainably deliver health and wellbeing programmes 
  • be inspired by good practice examples of health and wellbeing programmes and activities
  • be able to change people's perception of what health and wellbeing provision looks like, in order to influence organisational change


This course was created with the support of Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

Course team

Professor Helen Chatterjee

Professor Helen Chatterjee

Helen is Chair and Co-Founder of the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing. She's Professor of Biology at the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences and Head of Research and Teaching in UCL Culture. Her research interests include the value of cultural encounters in health and wellbeing and she has published numerous papers in this area. She's co-author of the book 'Museums, Health and Well-being' and has worked with numerous museum partners, as well as health and social care organisations. In 2015, Helen was awarded an MBE for services to Higher Education and Culture.

Course information last modified: 30 Nov 2022, 15:59