Medical Spanish for Heritage Learners


About Us

Welcome to the Medical Spanish for Heritage Learners project at the University of Texas Pan-American. Made possible by a grant from the US Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE), our project will create the first academic minor in Medical Spanish designed specifically for heritage language learners of Spanish. The instructional program aims to develop critical skill sets that future health care providers can use to improve communication with Spanish speaking patients:

  • Medical Interpreting and Translation
  • Medical Terminology
  • Patient Interviewing Skills

At the same time, the curriculum is designed to raise awareness about language issues that intersect with access to health care among Spanish speaking patients. Students in the program are continuously engaged in evidence-based learning experiences at two local community health centers - centers that serve over 90% of the uninsured and limited English proficient patient population in the region.

Our aim is to contribute to the creation of a new and dynamic bilingual and bicultural leadership for the health care professions - one that will increase access to health care services for Latino patients, that will engender excellence in the quality of services, and that will make a positive impact on the health outcomes for one of America's most vulnerable populations.