Spanish for Healthcare Minor

Program Overview and Requirements

This minor will equip you to communicate effectively with Spanish-speaking patients or clients within a healthcare setting, either domestically or globally.

Program Advisor

  • Dr. Jorge H. Cubillos (

Required Courses

The minor has 22 credits as follows:

  • Two SPAN courses at the 200-level (6 credits)
  • Four SPAN courses at the 300 or 400-level (12 credits)
  • HLTH 411 or equivalent (3 credits)
  • SPAN 319 (Spanish Internship in Health Sciences, 1 credit)

Recommended Courses

Although any SPAN2xx, 3xx or 4xx will count towards your Spanish for Healthcare Minor, the following courses are HIGHLY recommended for this program:

  • Oral Proficiency

SPAN 205/SPAN 206

Intermediate Oral Communication

SPAN 305/SPAN 306

Advanced Oral Communication

  • Literacy Skills- Writing

SPAN 200

Spanish Grammar and Composition

SPAN 300

Advanced Spanish Composition and Grammar I

  • Literacy Skills- Reading & Culture

SPAN 201

Reading and Composition

SPAN 315

Reading and Writing in the Sciences

SPAN 325/SPAN 326/SPAN 307/SPAN 308

Spanish/Latin American Civilization and Culture

SPAN 475

Topics in Hispanic Culture and Civilization

Winter Session & Study Abroad Options

You can take advantage of UD's winter sessions to speed up the completion of your Spanish for Healthcare Minor (at home or abroad):

  • At home, you can often find 200-level offerings in Spanish during winter session
  • Abroad, you can find courses that count towards your Spanish for Healthcare Minor as follows:


I took some Spanish courses in high school. What course should I register for?

The Placement Policy of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures can be accessed here. Further questions, should be addressed to Ms. Crista Johnson (DLLC Placement Coordinator) at

What courses are considered "equivalent" to HLTH411?

Courses in the field of health sciences that have a cultural orientation, and that allow students to focus on issues that affect the Hispanic community are usually accepted as substitutes for HLTH411. Common recent substitutions include: HLTH241: Ethical Aspects of Healthcare, HLTH245: Cultural Awareness for Health and Healthcare, SOCI413: Race and Health; NURS235: Health, Vulnerability and Diversity; NURS411: Topics in Healthcare Delivery; NURS412: Multicultural Topics in Healthcare Delivery. Note: Be sure to consult with the Minor Advisor before enrolling to make sure that the course substitution will be approved.

When should I schedule the Internship course (SPAN319) ?

We recommend that you schedule this course towards the end of your program (when you are ready to apply your Spanish skills to real-life healthcare situations). Important note: Please keep in mind that the SPAN319 course is offered on campus every spring, in Panama every winter session, and beginning summer 2019, the course will also be offered in Spain every summer.

Can I count volunteer work in a Spanish-speaking country as a substitute for SPAN319 (the Spanish Healthcare Internship)?

If the volunteer work meets certain criteria (it involves at least 20 hours of work in a healthcare setting, it is academically supervised and assessed, and it involves substantial use of Spanish on the part of the student) , it could be used as a substitute for SPAN319. However, PRIOR approval of this work by the Minor Advisor is required.