Language and International Health (B.S.)
You have a passion for language and a desire to serve — you want to make a difference in the lives of others — and you understand that bilingual communication goes beyond a few signs posted on the wall. The need for bilingual health care providers has grown exponentially in recent years, not just in hospital settings and multicultural community centers, but throughout the health care industry. Clemson graduates in language and international health will be qualified to assume positions in a variety of settings, including hospital systems, consulting firms, managed care organizations and pharmaceutical companies. You’ll also be ready to pursue a graduate degree in community health, epidemiology and biostatistics, health administration or medical research.
- You'll complete an internship abroad in health administration, community development or research.
- You'll work closely with faculty in both public health and languages.
- You'll have many opportunities to hone your proficiency in your chosen language, using the Language Lab, joining a language club and conversing with native speakers.
- Intensive tutoring is available through Clemson's Academic Success Center.
- The Clemson Language Immersion program helps prepare you for study abroad.
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY
The program is jointly administered by departments in two Clemson colleges — the Department of Languages in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities and the Department of Public Health Sciences in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. This collaborative program offers you an immersive education in both language and public health. You are fully engaged in both fields of study from your very first semester.
In public health classes, you’ll study theory and practice, including the history and philosophy of public health and medicine; the organization, management and financing of health services; and the social and behavioral aspects of health, epidemiology, health evaluation methods and health communications. In language studies, you’ll gain communicative competence in either Chinese or Spanish, and an understanding of the culture, literatures, health environments and multicultural issues associated with your target language.
In the internship abroad, you’ll choose one of the following:
- Health Administration: Work with mentors in a hospital setting, community health clinic or ministry of health to learn and apply knowledge about health administration and management.
- Community Development: Join a community program (or NGO) organized through a university in the host country.
- Research: Join a team with faculty and students conducting research on health, nutrition, comparative health systems, migration and epidemiology — organized through a university in the host country.
- Business Administration
- Political Science
Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.
WHERE OUR RECENT GRADUATES HAVE GONE
Global Health Volunteer Program Manager
Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
International Mission Board (IMB)
Associate Health Professional
Compass Professional Health Services
Home Visitor Specialist
The Parenting Place
Volunteer Group Coordinator
RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Master of Social Work
Kennesaw State University
Master of Speech Pathology
University of South Carolina
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Medical University of South Carolina
Master of Health Administration
University of North Carolina
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Virginia School of Nursing
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
COMMON CAREER AREAS
- Hospital System
- Pharmaceutical Company
- Health Care Consulting
- Managed Care Organization
- Public Health Provider
- Multicultural Community Program
- Disaster and Disease Relief
- Policy Development
- Program Administration
- Program Evaluation
- Volunteer Coordination
- International Relations and Government
- Translating and Interpreting
- Foreign Affairs
- Public Service
- Institutional and Community Development
FIND OUT MORE
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