Spanish for Health Professionals

Universitat Politècnica de València

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Spanish for Health Professionals

  • Host University

    Universitat Politècnica de València

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    High Intermediate, Advanced

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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 Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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