Certificate in Public Health & Social Services

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This cross-disciplinary four-course sequence Certificate will provide the knowledge, perspective, and skills to a cohort of students and professionals of health and social service providers to serve Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic communities in a culturally responsive way. Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic communities commonly face financial, structural, institutional, cultural, and linguistic barriers that inhibit their access to healthcare and social services. Often, our institutions aim to address these barriers by solely focusing on the need for the Spanish language by the providers, ignoring that caring for these heterogeneous communities requires more than knowing Spanish. Furthermore, these barriers are often exacerbated by well-meaning providers who lack the historical, cultural, and linguistic knowledge to serve these communities adequately because mistakenly assumed they are a homogenous group.

Therefore, this certificate will prepare health care and social service providers to serve the complex needs of Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic communities in three significant ways:

  1. Through a deeper understanding of the factors that have shaped the experience of Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic communities in the US, participants will be able to respond more effectively to a variety of barriers limiting the access of these communities to public health and social services.
  2. The acquisition of basic Spanish language and cultural skills will allow for better client-provider communication to improve the process of health care and social service delivery.
  3. The direct collaboration with a community organization will offer an opportunity to address a problem related to health care and social services identified by the community

Unsplash Work TogetherCurriculum & Requirements

This is a cohort based four-sequence certificate of 20 Credits.

  • CHST 201: Introduction to Chicana/o Culture
  • CHST 218: Chicana/o History
  • SPAN396: Spanish for Social & Health Services
  • SOWK (or ITGS)___: Community-based project multi-quarter online course where students work towards a need identified by the Latinx community related to health & social services.

This certificate is a three-discipline collaboration: Chicana/o/x Studies, Spanish, and Social Work.

Community-Based ProjectUnsplash Community

This four-course sequence certificate will be connected to a community partner in the area of healthcare and social services that aids Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic communities in the State of Washington. Though a staggered community-based project woven across the course sequence of this certificate, students will collaborate with the identified community partner to address a need identified by the community. If interested, please contact Dr. Nydia Martinez at nmartinez9@ewu.edu.