- The Certificate Program in Spanish for Healthcare Professionals is designed to prepare students in the healthcare fields to serve a growing Latino population in California.
- Courses forcus on specialized medical terminology and cross-dialectal and -cultural variation within Latin American and US Spanish. The courses have an emphasis on culturally appropriate communication and interaction added to all courses.
- This program is designed for students in Healthcare professions such as Nursing, Health Science, Kinesiology, and Social Work.
- This program addresses the urgent need for linguistically and culturally prepared healthcare workers serving the rapidly growing largest minority group in the state: Hispanics. Two California State University campuses, CSUSB (in southern California) and CSUS (in northern California), are partnering as a consortium to develop a new Certificate Program in Spanish for Healthcare Professionals, including an international cultural experience in Costa Rica.
- Cultural sensitivity and effective communication are top priority for Latinos when meeting with a health care provider. Common language (and culture) between patient and physician can increase levels of trust and comfort."1
- This project reflects both campuses’ commitment to internationalizing the curriculum and to adequately preparing students for their professional careers. It also fits in with the Modern Language Association’s (MLA’s) white paper on New Structures for Foreign Language departments (www.mla.org/flreport) that seeks to enrich the language curriculum through the offering of interdisciplinary coursework.
1Binational Healthweek 2011 Campaign Guide