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Medical Interpreting in Spanish (MIS) Minor

(Offered by the Department of Health Sciences and World Languages & Cultures Department) begins Fall 2021

For health service professionals, knowledge of medical Spanish is no longer an option but a necessity. Barriers to communication with patients whose only language is Spanish poses a health risk and leading to reduction in health outcomes. The appropriateness of courses in this interdepartmental Minor cannot be unfussy or inconspicuous. Consequently, this minor is for current and future health service professionals including business, code ethics, physicians and their assistants, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, medical laboratory technicians, emergency medical technicians, medical aides, medical interpreters, healthcare industry professionals and psychologists. The program aims to develop critical skill sets that future healthcare providers can use to improve communication with Spanish-speaking patients. Additionally, the curriculum is designed to raise awareness about the influences and the role of language that intersect with access to healthcare among Spanish-speaking patients.

Requirements for Medical Interpreting in Spanish Minor (18 credits)

Required: (12 credits)
  • HSC/SPA 415 Medical Interpreting and Translation - 3 credits
  • HSC 225 Medical Terminology - 3 credits
  • SPA 312 or 313 Conversation & Composition I or II - 3 credits
  • SPA 404 English-Spanish Translation - 3 credits
Electives: (6 credits) Choose Two (2) Courses
  • HSC/COM 255 Health Communication - 3 credits
  • PBH 330 Principles of Global Health - 3 credits
  • PBH 350 Principles of Community Health - 3 credits
  • PBH 311 Emergency Preparedness and Response - 3 credits
  • PBH 414 Violence & Injury in Public Health - 3 credits
  • PBH 345 Chronic Diseases Prevention - 3 credits