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Idaho State University

Medical Spanish Opportunities


Latino Health Track

A renewable $2,000 stipend (up to $8,000 over two years) is available to six students who are interested in pursuing the Latino Health Track (LHT). If accepted into the LHT, students must:

  1. Take the offered medical Spanish courses in the PA schedule,
  2. Be pursuing the Graduate Certificate in the Spanish for Health Professions (see below), and
  3. Complete five out of the eight clinical rotations in high-density Latino areas.

Acceptance into LHT is competitive. While a greater language proficiency will increase competitiveness, it not required, nor is Latino heritage. A career objective to serve Latino communities is the greatest asset.

Students offered a seat in the PA program or placed on the alternate list will be sent an application in the Spring. Those accepted into the LHT will be announced in August before the start of the program.


Veterans that apply for the Latino Health Track will be given priority for the scholarship.

Graduate Certificate in Spanish for Health Professions (15 credits)

The Department of Global Studies and Languages, in cooperation with the Kasiska Division of Health Sciences, has a hybrid undergraduate degree and graduate certificate in Spanish for the Health Professions (SHP). PA students may take individual SHP courses or pursue the graduate certificate. Dr. Cathleen Tarp, director of the SHP program, has a joint appointment with the Department of Global Studies and Languages and the PA program. She teaches regularly scheduled Spanish courses for PA students during the didactic year as well as other Spanish coursework in the languages department.

PA students are able to earn the graduate certificate by completing 15 credits from two areas of core instruction:

  • The Language Core (minimum of 9 credits)
    • SPAN 5500: Spanish Advanced Grammar (3 credits)
    • SPAN 5510: Spanish for the Health Professions (1-2 credits)
    • SPAN 5560: Interpretations and Translation I, II (4 credits)
    • SPAN 5594: Topics in Language and Culture for the Professions I (1-3 credits)
    • SPAN 5595: Topics in Language and Culture for the Professions II (1-3 credits)
    • Approved graduate level elective taught in the Spanish language (3 credits)
  • The Culture Core (minimum of 6 credits)
    • ANTH 5530: Human Evolution (3 credits)
    • ANTH 5507: Anthropology of Global Health (3 credits)
    • ANTH 5508: Topics in Medical Anthropology (3 credits)
    • ENGL 5588: Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3 credits)
    • HIST 5579: Disease and US Public Health (3 credits)
    • MPH 6604: Social and Cultural Perspectives in Public Health (3 credits)
    • MPH 6607: US and Global Health Systems (3 credits)
    • SPAN 5505 Study Abroad (1-3 credits)
    • SPAN 5593: Spanish Internship (1-3 credits)
    • SPAN 5575: Topics in Culture and Literature (3 credits)
    • Approved graduate level elective (3 credits)

 For more information, please visit the Course Catalog for the Department of Languages and Literatures.

International Rotation and Medical Mission experiences

In addition to courses and the graduate certificate, PA students are eligible to participate in two medical missions to Spanish-speaking countries--the Dominican Republic and Peru--and an international clinical rotation in Belize. These international experience are strictly voluntary. Credits toward the graduate certificate are offered by courses in:

  • SPAN 5593: Spanish Internship,
  • SPAN 5505: Spanish Exchange, or
  • SPAN 5580: Special Topics.
Access to individual Spanish for Health Professions courses

Those students that are not a part of the Latino Health Track are able to take individual SHP courses and take medical Spanish classes that are offered during the didactic year as electives or pursue the graduate certificate on their own.