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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Language and International Health, BS

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science program in Language and International Health is jointly administered by the Department of Languages and the Department of Public Health Sciences in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. Students acquire knowledge in public health theory and practice, including the history and philosophy of public health and medicine; the organization, management, and financing of health services; the social and behavioral aspects of health, epidemiology, health evaluation methods, and health communications. Students also acquire communicative competence in the target language and its culture, literatures, health environments, and multicultural issues.

The program requires the completion of a semester internship abroad. Graduates will be qualified to assume positions in a variety of settings, including integrated hospital systems, consulting firms, managed care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, as well as multicultural community centers. They can also pursue graduate degrees in community health, epidemiology/biostatistics, health administration, health systems and research.

In addition to the curriculum requirements below, students in the Language and International Health program will be required to pass a noncredit examination and submit a noncredit senior dossier to assess their language competence in various areas. Both assessments take place in the student’s last full semester at the University.

Students who have completed fewer than 50 credit hours may change majors into Language and International Health with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5. Students with 50 or more credit hours may apply for a change of major into Language and International Health, based on space availability, with a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75.

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Credit Hours: 16

Credit Hours: 15

Senior Year

Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

  • 3 Credits or
  • Advanced French Requirement 3 Credits 5 or

  • Advanced Spanish Requirement 3 Credits 5


  • Advanced Health Requirement 3 Credits 6

  • Emphasis Area Requirement 3 Credits 1

  • Social Science Requirement 3 Credits 2

Credit Hours: 12

Total Semester Hours: 121-122

1 Select one of the following emphasis areas:

Health Administration Emphasis Area-Select one course from four of the following groups

Community Development Emphasis Area-Select one course from four of the following groups

2 Select two courses (six credits) from two different fields: ANTH 2010 , GEOG 1030 , HIST 1720 , HIST 1730 HIST 1930 POSC 1020 POSC 1040 PSYC 2010 SOC 2010     

See General Education Requirements . For students not taking the CH 1050 /CH 1060  sequence, three of these credits must also satsify the Science and Technology in Society Requirement.

4 Internship must be taken in a country where the target language is spoken. The study abroad courses and internship must be taken concurrently as listed during the second semester of the junior year or later, or during the summer.

5 Select from any 3000-4000-level courses in the target language, except FR 3100  and SPAN 3100  

6 Select from any 3000-4000-level courses in HLTH