Undergraduate Certificate in Spanish and Latino Studies for the Health and Human Services Professions
Learn to communicate effectively in Spanish within medical and related human-service areas with the Undergraduate Certificate in Spanish and Latino Studies for the Health and Human Services Professions in the College of Liberal Arts. This 18-credit certificate program prepares medical professionals to meet the unique healthcare challenges and needs of the Latino community.
You'll develop listening, speaking, reading and writing competencies through interactive language courses. Study essential medical vocabulary and hispanic culture as it specifically applies to the delivery of healthcare. Build trust and connect with Spanish speakers in a more meaningful way to provide accurate and culturally appropriate patient care. Because bilingual healthcare staff understand cultural nuances, they can clearly communicate with patients, create efficiencies across healthcare systems and increase patient safety.
As the number of Spanish speakers in the U.S. continues to climb, knowledge of the language and culture provides the advanced skill sets needed to compete and succeed in the competitive healthcare field.
Classes & Curriculum
The certificate is awarded at the completion of your bachelor’s program. It cannot be awarded as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of your bachelor’s degree. Program requirements include four language classes and two culture classes from which there are many options available based on your personal and professional interests. Courses offered as part of the curriculum include
- Basic Spanish I and II,
- Hispanic Readings,
- Intermediate Spanish,
- Latin America through Film and Fiction,
- Latino Identity in the United States, and
- Spanish for Health Professionals.
Related Graduate Degrees
Students pursuing the Certificate of Specialization in Spanish and Latino Studies for the Health and Human Services Professions are prepared to meet the rising demand for bilingual healthcare professionals. They are poised to advance their careers and have access to greater job opportunities.
Speaking more than one language can set you apart in today’s global job market. It can increase your marketability and opportunities for career advancement and promotion. Bilingual professionals can communicate with a larger population and help increase an employer’s competitive edge. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, acquisition of a second language may help improve standardized test scores, and it may improve memory and problem-solving skills.
Additionally, studying a language and its culture can help you develop empathy and global thinking. It can broaden your perspective and help you cultivate a greater understanding of people and, in turn, the world. The critical skills gained from learning a foreign language are directly applicable to today’s rapidly diversifying world and can be used across all fields and disciplines.