The Spanish for Health Professionals (SHP) Certificate Program is designed to provide students with the language skills and cultural knowledge needed to help Spanish-speakers successfully negotiate the health care system. Graduates of the program leave not only with proficiency in medical Spanish, but also with an understanding of the Hispanic culture and how that culture may affect healthcare practices and the delivery of health services.
This certificate will enhance the credentials of individuals seeking a career in direct patient care such as doctor, nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or physical therapist, or anyone who works with Spanish-speakers in a healthcare setting such as insurance providers or healthcare navigators.
Hispanic and Latino groups are the largest minority group in the United States, and Spanish-speakers constitute the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. In Milwaukee alone, Spanish-speakers make up almost 20% percent of the population (2020 Census). As these populations grow, so does the need for healthcare workers who can communicate with and advocate for Spanish-speaking patients.
Students in the program gain expertise in the language of health care, in Spanish, including colloquial Spanish; an understanding of cultural differences that impact the delivery of health care services to Hispanic populations; and knowledge of the health care concerns of many different groups of Spanish-speakers.
Certificates are similar to minors in terms of credit requirements but draw on coursework from multiple fields of study rather than from a single department.
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. 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.
The Certificate in Spanish for Health Professionals is for both students in health professions who are interested in working with Hispanic populations and students with some Spanish competency who wish to develop 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 credits in residence 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 2.00 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 308||Advanced Writing and Reading||3|
|SPANISH 318||Advanced Speaking and Listening||3|
|or SPANISH 319||Advanced Speaking and Listening for Heritage Speakers|
|SPANISH 338||Spanish for Health Professionals||3|
|SPANISH 388||Health Issues in the Hispanic World||3|
|Select 6 credits in health-focused electives listed below in any combination||6|
Health-focused Electives (by interest area)
Select at least 6 credits from courses below. Please note that most courses listed are 3-credit courses but a few are not.
|COMMUN 381||Health Communication||3|
|COMMUN 481||Interpersonal Issues in Health Communication||3|
|COMMUN 581||Health Communication Interventions||3|
Pharmaceuticals, Medicine, and Drugs
|ANTHRO 443||Medicine and Pharmaceuticals in the Global Age||3|
|BMS 260||Introduction to Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches||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|
|PH 408||Comparative Health Systems: A Social Determinants Approach||3|
|PHILOS 244||Ethical Issues in Health Care: (subtitle)||3|
|URB STD 639||Health Care 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 GER)||3|
|PSYCH 555||Health Psychology||3|
|SOCIOL 282||Sociology of Aging||3|
|SOCIOL 331||Sociology of Health Care||3|
Health: A Natural Science Perspective
|BIO SCI 350||Human Parasitology||4|
|BMS 232||Introduction to Nutrition (NS GER)||3|
|HS 101||Introduction to Health and Disease||2|
|PH 303||Climate Change, the Environment and Human Health (NS GER)||3|
|ANTHRO/GLOBAL 439||Culture and Global Health||3|
|NURS 101||Cultural Diversity in Health Care 1||3|
|NURS 102||Perspectives on Health Care Systems 1||2|
|NURS/GLOBAL 301||Introduction to Global Health||3|
|NURS 380||Honors Seminar: 1||3|
|NURS 401||Global Patterns of Disease||3|
|NURS/GLOBAL 575||Global Health: Ethics and Human Rights||3|
|PH 142||Exploring Global Environmental Health||3|
|PH 101||Introduction to Public Health||3|
|PH 302||Health and Disease: Concepts and Contexts||3|
|PH 319||Introduction to Health Disparities||3|
|PH 327||Foundations for Action in Public Health||3|
|PH 427||Strategies for Action in Public Health||3|
|HCA 307||Epidemiology for the Health Sciences||3|
Study abroad courses in Spanish-speaking countries or other courses relevant to Spanish for Health Professionals may be accepted with the approval of the Spanish Undergraduate Advisor, in consultation with advisors and/or faculty from other programs..
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 Spanish Undergraduate Advisor.