- Students gain the skills needed to work with people in a way that preserves their dignity and builds on their strengths, empowering them to address their concerns and leading to better outcomes.
- Students learn to identify and work with the strengths inherent in individuals, families and communities.
- Students gain practical skills for assisting people in making positive changes that will improve the quality of their lives.
- Students are prepared for personal and professional growth.
- Students have built a solid base for graduate studies in a wide variety of professional and academic fields.
- Students become effective agents of positive change.
Students will learn how to meet the communication needs of patients/clients and providers. They will:
- Become fluent in the bilingual terminology of human anatomy and the medical/health field.
- Increase their fluency in English.
- Develop cross-cultural communication and interpreting skills.
- Provide effective interpretation in medical/health settings.
Careers and Further Study
The health and human service industry has been identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an area of increasing growth in the 21st century. Students majoring in human services may find themselves working and leading in a variety of settings — with adolescents in residential programs or with the elderly in nursing homes, in the community or in health centers, as program directors, as case managers or outreach workers. They work in prevention or in treatment, in after-school programs or criminal justice programs.
Our graduates are well positioned to enter graduate studies in human services, psychology, counseling, social work and related fields.Graduates get jobs as medical interpreters in hospitals, clinics, medical practices, and interpreter agencies. For some, this is their career goal. For others, interpreting is a good transition into other medical careers. They may become more familiar with the American medical community and network within it, improve their English, and get further medical education and credentials.