Course Description

Course Name

Spanish for Health Professionals

Session: VVLF3124

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

High Intermediate

  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of three semesters (or five quarters) at the college level.


  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of four semesters (or six quarters) at the college level.


Spanish for health professions

3 Credits | 300 Level | 38 Contact hours


Rosa de Juan, C. et al.2009. Temas de Salud. Manual de preparación para el Certificado Superior de Español de las Ciencias de la Salud de la Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Madrid. Editorial Edinumen.



This course is for students interested in the health field from various perspectives (medicine, public health, bioethics, medical humanities, psychology, health law, politics, etc.). It provides the student with language competence to communicate in specific medical activities in different contexts. Moreover, there will be a strong focus on analyzing the Spanish health system and its current changes.

It will also focus on the differences with the US health system and the cultural differences between these countries and between the Hispanic communities living in the US. Finally, there will be a focus on the current legislation of the Spanish public healthcare system, which students will compare with other public systems.



1. Introduction to the course. Delivery and explanation of the syllabus & Spanish Healthcare System
2. The Health & Cardiovascular diseases
3. Health Center (Centro de Salud) Urgent Care (Ambulatorios) & Health Center
4. Respiratory diseases
5. Health Center - Visit
6. Hospital Facilities
7. The Use of Tobacco
8. Diabetes , Diabetes in the Latin American Community
9. Alzheimer and dementia Geriatric Care
10. Emergency Services
11. Public Health
12. Medical Specialties
13. Film in Class: Mar a dentro - Debate
14. Other Healthcare Systmes & Humanities and Medicine
15. Maternity and pediatrics
16. Oral presentations
17. Mental Health



Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
• Discuss the characteristics of the Spanish healthcare system, as well as make well-informed comparisons between other healthcare systems.
• Understand, interpret, and analyze a Spanish medical document or article.
• Communicate effectively with patients, give recommendations, take notes, and write/understand terms to describe patients’ medical histories.
• Prepare presentations and/or lead discussions or forums on medical topics in Spanish.
• Apply course topics to Spanish-Speaking communities in the United States, and effectively communicate with patients and families belonging to these communities.




Participation 10%
Homework 10%
Midterm Exam 25%
Final Exam 25%
Essay 15%
Oral Presentation 15%

*Course content subject to change