With a growing number of Hispanic and Latino patients in the United States, the need for culturally sensitive medical care is vital. The Care of Hispanic/Latino Patients Scholarly Concentration prepares students to meet this need by providing opportunities to:
- Understand and apply culturally appropriate medical care
- Improve Spanish-speaking fluency
- Use Spanish in a clinical setting
- Improve medical care for Hispanic/Latino populations
Acceptance to this concentration requires an intermediate-level proficiency in Spanish as assessed by an application interview and completion of 300-level college Spanish coursework. Due to the requirement of extensive oral practice of the Spanish language, it is not anticipated that students can begin this concentration after Phase 1 at this time.
While it is anticipated that most students participate at the West Lafayette campus, some experiences can be made available remotely.
Curriculum and Timeline
Through coursework and Spanish-speaking experiences in medical settings, students explore cultural competencies, special issues in communication and medical Spanish fluency. Students further develop and demonstrate their knowledge through the scholarly project and product.