College of Arts and Sciences

Spanish for the Medical and Health Professions

Program Options

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The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2022-2023 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Overview

The Minor in Spanish for the Medical and Health Professions assists students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and various health professions, including public health, , pharmacy, and other areas in developing linguistic and cultural competencies related to Spanish and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. These competencies will assist them in providing services to Spanish-speaking patients and co-workers.


Minor Requirements

A minimum of 18 hours will be required for the minor. Students must have completed SPAN 052 or higher in order to take these courses.

Course Credits
The required core courses include (three credit hours each) 12
SPAN 135 - Medical Terminology
SPAN 136 - Basic Methods of Bilingual Medical Interpreting 
SPAN 137 Spanish for Healthcare Professionals 3
SPAN 154 - Cultural Health Perspectives 3
Electives 6
BIO 092 – Introduction to Ethnobotany 3
BIO 196 - Biology Internship – with Spanish competence necessary
HIST 189 - US-Mexico Borderlands
HSCI 104 - Global Health 
PHAR 285 - Rotations* 
SCSA 175 - Medical Anthropology 
SPAN 138 - Spanish for Medical Professionals 
SPAN 139 - Applied Spanish Medical Terminology 
SPAN 153 - Culture and Society – focus on Maya 
WLC 148  - Intercultural Communication 3
other upper-level Spanish courses numbered 150 and above 3
additional courses approved by a WLC advisor 3
TOTAL 18

Six elective credit hours are required. Each course is three-credit hours. No more than three credit hours may be in English.

* Students must have a CPHS-approved rotation at Primary Health Care in which they use Spanish in order to earn three hours of credit toward the Certificate.

Students may not receive both the Minor in Spanish for the Health Professions and the Minor in Spanish Language and Culture. The Minor in Spanish for the Health Professions may be earned in conjunction with the Major in Spanish.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.