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Program Name: Health Interpreting and Health Applied Linguistics
Alternate Name: HIHAL
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Institution: University of North Texas Health Science Center
Address: Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences, EAD-711
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
City: Fort Worth
Zip/Postal Code: 76107
State/Province: TX
Country: USA
Application Deadline: March 31, 2004 for Fall 2004, although applications are accepted on an on-going basis, and qualified students can begin non-degree in fall 2004.
Contact Person: Holly E. Jacobson, PhD

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Phone: (817)735-2365
Fax: (817)735-0255
Linguistic Subfield(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Language Acquisition
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Other Program Specialties: Interpretation in Health Settings

Translation in Health Settings

Health Literacy
Language/Language Family Specialization(s): English
Program Size: Small (1-10 students)
Program Description: The HIHAL concentration is the only program in the United States to prepare students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and interests-including language and linguistics (e.g., translation and interpretation studies; applied linguistics; language studies), and health sciences (e.g., public health, medicine, nursing, etc.)-to assume positions as professional health interpreters, linguistic researchers and leaders in the field of health applied linguistics. The mission of HIHAL is to prepare professionals who will serve at the national level to promote rigorous, science-based standards for linguistic competence in health settings. HIHAL students will explore the interrelationship between language and health, and will delve into the complex relationship that exists between language and disease. They will develop competencies in conducting language research in health settings, and will receive extensive training as health interpreters, and, in some cases, as health writers and translators. Due to the support of collaborating healthcare providers in Tarrant County, the program provides a rich environment for interpreter training and research, and opportunities for thesis topics that are not readily available in other linguistics programs. Currently, the languages covered in the program are limited to English and Spanish.

Development of the HIHAL curriculum is supported by a grant from Hablamos Juntos, a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with the mission of improving the quality of health care for Latinos.

Program of Study

Students in the M.P.H. Program HIHAL concentration are required to complete 45 Semester Credit Hours (SCH) to obtain the M.P.H. degree. However, more courses may be recommended for some students. The M.P.H. curriculum consists of four components: (1) The concentration curriculum, which provides knowledge, skills, and experience in the areas of a) working in multicultural and multilinguistic healthcare settings, b) the interrelationship between language and health, c) linguistic research in healthcare settings, d) translation and the development of effective print materials for language-minority populations, and e) interpreting in healthcare contexts; (2) the core masters curriculum, which provides basic competencies in the area of public health; (3) the departmental curriculum, which provides the theoretical knowledge and practice experience in the area of social and behavioral sciences and community health; 4) the Culmination Experience of a Masters Thesis, which will involve research at collaborating healthcare provider sites.
Available Financial Aid: Scholarships are available for a limited number of highly qualified students.
There are also a limited number of Research and Teaching Assistantships.
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