The Undergraduate Certificate in Spanish for the Healthcare Professions seeks to facilitate effective communication between healthcare professionals and their Spanish speaking patients and clients. To enhance mutual understanding, which is of critical importance within a healthcare setting, students will learn to speak, comprehend, read, and write in Spanish, with a focus on specialized vocabulary and medical communication, and will acquire intercultural competence.
This certificate is available to all students across the University, as well as non-degree-seeking professionals with a prior degree who are seeking to increase their skill set.

Certificate Requirements:

This program can be completed entirely online, or it can combine online and on-campus and/or Study Abroad classes approved by the Certificate Advisor.
▪ Students must complete a total of twelve (12) credit hours from approved courses.
▪ Students must earn a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better in all certificate courses.
Students must complete the Application for the Certificate, in agreement with the Certificate Advisor:

If you are a non-degree seeking student, you can apply by downloading and completing the Application for Non-Degree Admission online.  After your application for admission has been approved, you will be able to enroll for certificate courses.

Required Courses:

A.-If your level of proficiency is elementary/beginner:
Take these four (4) courses:

SPAN 1070 Spanish Medical Conversation for Beginners I (online)
SPAN 2070 Spanish Medical Conversation for Beginners II (online)
SPAN 3740 Spanish for the Healthcare Professions I (online)
SPAN 3750 Spanish for the Healthcare Professions II (online)
*SPAN 1070 and SPAN 2070 should be taken consecutively. All other classes are more flexible

B.- If your level of proficiency is intermediate:
Take these two (2) courses:

SPAN 3740 Spanish for the Healthcare Professions I (online)
SPAN 3750 Spanish for the Healthcare Professions II (online)

And two (2) elective courses such as these:
ANTH 4300 Migrant Health *
COMM 2500 Introduction to Health Communication
COMM 4270 Intercultural Communication*
COMM 4500 Health Communication*
COMM 4525 Health Communication and Communities * (Service-Learning component)
COMM 4575 Designing Health Messages *
ETST 2010 Introduction to Chicana/o Studies
ETST 3108 Chicano/a and Latino/a History
ETST 3002 Ethnicity, Health, and Social Justice
HDFR 3020 Black and Latino Children in Families and Schools
HDFR 4260 Family Systems and Social Justice
HDFR 4045 Abuelos (Grandparents) Latino Families
PBHL 3041 Health, Culture, and Society
PBHL 3070 Perspectives in Global Health *
PSYC 4485 Psychology of Cultural Diversity*
SOCY 4050 Health Disparities
SOCY 4110 Sociology of Health Care *

 * This course has a prerequisite in its department.
In addition to some specific upper-level Spanish classes

Another elective with a health communication or an intercultural focus may be approved for
the Certificate in consultation with Certificate Advisor. Please, contact Dr. Marisa Fernández at:

• If you haven’t taken any classes here at CU Denver, you can take the placement test in person or online. The
test results will show which level you have tested into.
• If you have questions about your level of proficiency, please see the Certificate Advisor
for guidance regarding placement. Please, contact Dr. Marisa Fernández at:
• Many classes can be taken both, online and on-campus.