College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Language and International Health Program

Welcome from Elyse Dengler and Meg O’Sell

President and President Elect, L&IH Society

lnih homepage Elyse MegIn the picture: Elyse Dengler (right) and Meg O'Sell (left)

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 Health, Education and Human Development. 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 offers two tracks: Chinese and Spanish.

The L&IH major allows students to combine language classes with a strong background in public health. By encouraging students to enroll in a variety of culture, language, and health science classes, L&IH students are able to learn not only about the health care of the United States, but health care beyond our own borders, as well. These students complete an internship abroad consisting of 135 hours of international experience in the field of public health. Advanced language skills and international experience set L&IH students apart. Many continue on to pursue further training, including a master in public health, certification in medical translation, or enroll in professional health schools, such as medical, dental, nursing, therapy and physician's assistant programs. L&IH is truly unique in the opportunities it provides and in the students that it produces.

Students Share Their L&IH Experiences

Jess Meehan (L&IH Major) talks about the program and her internship in Costa Rica.

Megan Dorris (L&IH Major) talks about the program and her internship in the Dominican Republic.


For More Information

Please contact the L&IH Director, Dr. Graciela Tissera: 713 Strode Tower, 656-3493,