UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Spanish for Health Professionals

M. Estrella Sotomayor, Senior Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese, Coordinator, CRT 702, mes@uwm.edu


The Spanish for Health Professionals (SHP) Certificate is designed to provide undergraduate students with the linguistic skills and cultural sensitivity that they need to help Spanish-speakers negotiate the healthcare system successfully. Specifically, the goal of the program is to prepare students with the following:

  • expertise in the language of healthcare, in Spanish, including colloquial Spanish;
  • understanding of cultural differences that impact the delivery of healthcare services to Hispanics;
  • knowledge of the healthcare concerns of many different groups of Spanish-speakers.

Though housed in the College of Letters and Science, this interdisciplinary program will include coursework from the College of Health Sciences and the Schools of Nursing and Social Welfare in addition to courses from several L&S departments. The curriculum is built around a core of two specialized Spanish courses appropriate for individuals in any area of healthcare or whose work brings them in contact with structures in the healthcare system. A wide spectrum of elective courses will allow students to tailor the certificate to their individual needs and interests.

The program also contains a strong element of learning outside the classroom. One of the required courses in the program (Spanish 338) has a service-learning component that provides students with an immersion experience at the local level. Another (Spanish 388) requires a number of hours of shadowing a professional medical translator or interpreter throughout the semester. Additionally, students will be encouraged to participate in study abroad programs to provide them with an immersion experience at an international level. These external learning opportunities will reinforce students’ classroom experiences, enhance their understanding of the populations they will be serving, increase their language proficiency to make them more marketable for well-paying jobs, and reward them with the satisfaction of knowing they will be providing a much-needed service to the largest minority group in our society.

The focus of this program is not to train translators or interpreters, but rather to give healthcare professionals a sufficiently well-developed vocabulary of health-related terms in Spanish that will allow them to communicate with Spanish-speaking patients, to build trust with those patients, and to understand issues unique to non-English speakers trying to negotiate the healthcare system.  

Eligibility
The Spanish for Health Professionals Certificate is open to all students seeking a bachelor’s degree from UWM, to students who previously received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to individuals who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this topic. To be admitted as non-degree candidates, individuals must meet regular University admissions requirements.

Program Requirements 
There are two tracks in the Certificate, a language-intensive track for students in health professions areas who are interested in working with Hispanic populations and a health-focused track for students with some Spanish competency who desire familiarity with the health-related vocabulary in Spanish. To obtain the certificate, students must complete at least 18 credits in courses approved for the Spanish for Health Professionals certificate, with at least 12 credits taken in residence at UWM and a minimum of  9 of the residence credits taken in L&S courses at the advanced level (courses numbered 300 and above). A maximum of 6 credits in a combination of independent study, internship, and study abroad courses may count toward the certificate. Students must earn a 2.500 GPA in all certificate courses, including transfer work, and in the courses for the certificate taken at UWM. Courses for the certificate may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis. The certificate requirements are as follows:

Spanish for Health Professionals, Language-Intensive Track
(Not available to Spanish majors and minors; they must select the health-focused track.)

Required Courses (18 cr)

 

Spanish 308

Advanced Writing and Reading

3

Spanish 318/319

Advanced Speaking and Listening

3

Spanish 338

Spanish for Health Professionals I

3

Spanish 388

Health Issues in the Hispanic World

3

Electives

6 credits from any courses in the electives group listed for the health-focused track.

Spanish for Health Professionals, Health-Focused Track
The Health-Focused Track requires completion of at least 18 credits as follows:

 

Required Courses (6 cr)

 

Spanish 338

Spanish for Health Professionals I

3

Spanish 388

Health Issues in the Hispanic World

3

Elective Courses (12 cr)
Students must complete at least 9 credits in ONE (1) of the following clusters. The remaining 3 cr can be taken from any cluster or the general electives.

Health Communication

 

Commun 381

Health Communication

3

Commun 481

Interpersonal Issues in Health Communication

3

Commun 581

Health Communication Interventions

3

JAMS 645

Health and the Media

3

Pharmaceuticals, Medicine, and Drugs

 

Anthro 443

Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in the Golden Age

3

HCA 212

Drugs Used and Abused

3

Psych 454

Psychopharmacology and Addiction

3

Health Care Delivery Policy

 

Econ 450

Health Economics

3

HCA 502

Healthcare Delivery Systems: National and International Perspectives

3

Philos 244

Ethical Issues in Health Care: (subtitle)

3

Urb Std 639

Healthcare and Public Policy in the United States

3

Health: A Social Science Perspective

 

Anthro 440

Medical Anthropology

3

ComSDis 210

Survey of Communication Disorders (SS*)

3

Psych 555

Health Psychology

3

Sociol 282

Sociology of Aging

3

Sociol 331

Sociology of Healthcare

3

Health: A Natural Science Perspective

 

Bio Sci 350

Human Parasitology

4

BMS 232

Introduction to Nutrition (NS*)

3

HS 101

Introduction to Health and Disease

2

* As determined by the certificate program coordinator.

 

General Elective Courses

 

BMS/Kin 260

Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine

3

HCA 307

Epidemiology for the Health Sciences

3

Nurs 101

Cultural Diversity in Healthcare (CD SS)

3

Nurs 110

Introduction to Global Health

3

PH 101

Introduction to Public Health

3


Study abroad courses in Spanish-speaking countries may be accepted with the approval of the Certificate Program Committee. Other courses not on this list but relevant to Spanish for Health Professionals may be accepted with the approval of the Certificate Program Committee.

Credits earned at other institutions equivalent to courses in the certificate program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the program requirements, subject to review by the Certificate Program Committee. Students currently enrolled at UWM who have fulfilled some of the program’s requirements prior to the program’s approval may have their credits applied retroactively to the certificate program.

Awarding the Certificate

Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who successfully complete the requirements of the program will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree and non-degree students will receive the certificate upon completion of the program requirements.


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