Health Care Interpreter Certificate

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HCI interpreting for child in medical clinic
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Program Overview

The program for the Health Care Interpreter Certificate trains bilingual and bicultural students to develop the awareness, knowledge and skills needed for effective language interpretation in health care settings.  Through classroom activities such as reading and lectures, practical skills training and service in community based health care settings  certificate candidates learn:

  • roles and responsibilities of a health care interpreter;
  • basic knowledge of common medical conditions, treatments and procedures;
  • insight in language and cultural nuances for specific communities;
  • application of interpreting skills in English and language of service.

Admission Requirements
Minimal student qualifications include the ability to speak fluently in his/her language of service and commitment to the entire training program.

Interested students should enroll in:

(see info below)

How to Apply to the HCI Program:

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Spring 2018 HLTH 84 Classes

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HLTH 84: Introduction to Interpreting in Health Care (0.5)

4/13 CRN # 34891

F 10:10am-7:00pm             MUB  357
Instructor: Tang, Gayle
For Cantonese and Mandarin Speakers only.


4/20 CRN # 34892

F 10:10am-7:00pm              MUB  357
Instructor: Tang, Gayle
For Spanish Speakers only.


4/28 CRN # 34893

SAT 10:10am-7:00pm              MUB  357
Instructor: Somsanith, Darouny
For Arabic, Burmese, Japanese, Korean,  and other South Asian languages and other languages not listed above.

Instructions for students enrolled in HLTH 84: click here

Health 91N
Coaching Health Care Interpreters 
(1.0 unit)

*HCI Graduates ONLY

HLTH 91N focuses on how to coach emerging interpreters in integrating medical terminology in various languages to their vocabulary, how to create activities that assist the memorization of terminology and how to set up, facilitate and debrief role-plays in which the skills of interpreting are practiced. This course is only available to HCI graduates. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Health Care Interpreter Certificate Program is develop linguistically and culturally competent interpreters who can function effectively and efficiently in healthcare settings.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Interpret accurately between English and LOS in various health care settings; integrating appropriate medical terminology in both languages and enhancing communication between a provider and patient during routine and complex medical encounters
  2. Manage the flow of communication through a variety of interpreting techniques
  3. Apply and demonstrate the four principle roles of the interpreter in health care as described in professional HCI standards of practice
  4. Bridge cultural gaps and assist Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients and providers to appreciate diverse cultural beliefs and practices regarding health and healthcare
  5. Demonstrate and apply appropriate ethical standards in Healthcare Interpreting as promulgated by the California Healthcare Interpreting Association (CHIA) and the National Council for Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC)