Spanish for Health Professions Certificate program

Add Spanish skills to your future healthcare career

Earning a Spanish for the Health Professions certificate will help you become an advocate for healthcare access for all, particularly patients who do not speak English. Spanish is the second most common language in the U.S. and the fastest growing language worldwide.

While most students who complete the certificate are enrolled in a pre-professional program, it also benefits students who will work in any profession that is public-facing, including public health and mental health.

What is the Spanish for Health Professions certificate?

The certificate is designed to accommodate the demands of the many health-related programs offered at UWL. Students complete 15-16 credits in Spanish and other disciplines that allow students to balance pre-professional programs with a certificate in a liberal arts discipline. All courses are designed so that students can immediately apply their language and cultural skills to a real-world setting.

How does the certificate help with applications?

The Spanish for the Health Professions certificate gives students the opportunity to practice interpersonal skills such as cultural competence, oral communication, teamwork, and social skills, which are all important for graduate school applications in the health professions, as well as landing careers in healthcare after graduation.

Alumni have used skills to

  • Implement language concordant services for emergency responders
  • Create patient information pamphlets in Spanish at local healthcare facilities
  • Improve communication with Spanish-speaking patients during healthcare visits

What distinguishes UWL's Spanish for Health Professions certificate?

Improve access to healthcare for all

In the Spanish for the Health Professions program, we believe that healthcare is a right for all. This program empowers future healthcare providers to promote fair, ethical, and humane treatment of all patients in multilingual and multicultural settings.

Broaden your cultural understanding

By studying Spanish, you will develop not only language skills to interact, but also intercultural competency. These skills help you to work with people from other cultures more effectively and appropriately.

Student involvement

Meet other students while growing your language skills and appreciation of Spanish speaking cultures though the Spanish Club. Students can also participate in conversation groups to practice speaking and share cultural experiences with international students and native speakers.

Sample courses