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Medical Spanish & Medical French Language Programs

Develop Second Language Skills for Medicine

The Global Health Programs Office presents medical Spanish and medical French programs during the fall and spring semesters on Sunday afternoons. In these sessions, students work on improving practical spoken Spanish or French within a cultural context. Our goal is to help you use the language strategically to accomplish objectives and resolve conflicts in culturally accurate circumstances using appropriate vocabulary. Note, these classes are not for beginning level speakers.  Class activities will help you to:

  • Develop the ability to maintain a conversation, handle common situations in Spanish or French, and negotiate differences of opinion related to general life and medical situations
  • Enhance your fluency
  • Acquire confidence in using your Spanish or French with patients
  • Expand your vocabulary
  • Acquire information about life, problems, and current trends in the world
  • Develop sensitivity to traditions and customs

Weekly Sessions

We offer weekly sessions each semester, beginning approximately one month after the start of the semester. Two sections are offered: one for intermediate proficiency and a second for high-intermediate/advanced proficiency.

Participants need to commit to ongoing and engaged participation in the class in order to enroll. There is no fee for the program and it is limited to University of Iowa medical students.

Contact Us to Begin

If you are interested in this program, please email Global Health Programs. We will announce the call for registration through email early each semester.