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Spanish for Health Professionals Certificate

The Spanish for Health Professionals Certificate is available to Drexel University students
Drexel University students collaborate across disciplines to promote well-being by examining the social, cultural, economic and environmental factors that support population health. Photo: Drexel Dornsrife School of Public Health.

This internal certificate is only available to currently enrolled Drexel students.

The Spanish for Health Professionals certificate prepares students to engage Spanish-speaking populations in the field of healthcare.

It offers a critical advantage to health professions students (College of Nursing and Health Professions, Public Health, Pre-Med) who will be much better positioned in the job market if they can certify their ability to use Spanish in the workplace and engage with patients in culturally sensitive ways.

Learn more in the Course Catalog

Why earn a Spanish for Health Professionals Certificate:

  • The United States will face a shortage of 139,000 doctors by 2033. 45,000 new doctors will be needed to care for Hispanics, the fastest growing population in the US. (Association of American Medical Colleges, 2020)
  • Based on the United States Census Bureau, Hispanics in the US are projected to make up 28% (111.2 million) of the U.S. population in 2060; nearly double the current estimated 2020 Hispanic population.
  • Language or cultural barriers have impaired communication with health care providers for nearly 60% of Hispanic adults in the US. (The Associated Press)
  • The lack of culturally sensitive messaging is one of the likely causes in the large number of positive COVID-19 cases among Latinx patients (Joaquin Estrada, MD, Vice President of MOLA).

Other information:
Students in the Certificate are also eligible for a Minor in Spanish, which consists of 24 credits above 103 or 113.

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!