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 a health care setting where your target language is spoken.
  • You'll work closely with faculty in both public health and languages.
  • You’ll have many opportunities to hone your proficiency in your target language by taking a variety of courses in that language, joining a language club or conversation table and interacting with native speakers during your study and internship abroad.
  • Intensive tutoring is available through Clemson's Academic Success Center.
  • The Clemson Language Immersion program helps prepare you for study abroad.


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 Chinese, French or Spanish and an understanding of the peoples, cultures, literatures, technical language, health environments and multicultural issues associated with your target language. 

All students spend a semester abroad in a country where their target language is spoken. You will take language-intensive courses and complete an internship in a health care setting, such as a public or private hospital, physical or occupational therapy clinic or a community health center, to name just a few locations.



Popular Minors

  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


Honing your skills in your target language is key to success in this program, and you’ll have lots of options to do so outside the classroom from organization meetings to international film viewing to volunteering. 

 Internships abroad are widely varied to suit different goals and interests and are offered in countries around the world, including Argentina, China, Costa Rica, Spain and France.
 The Language Lab offers additional opportunities to practice and advance your language skills with hands-on approaches to media and technology essential for your studies.
 The Language and International Health Society serves as a forum where program majors can meet to exchange information and ideas. It's also a great way to get to know your peers and explore other cultures.
 During the semiannual Language and International Health Symposium, medical faculty, students, professionals and alumni  present their research on health-related topics that impact minorities, immigrant communities and developing countries.



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.


  • Health Communications Specialist

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Clinical Research Program Assistant

    Medical University of South Carolina

  • Patient Care Liaison

    In Compass Health

  • Administrative Fellow

    Kaiser Permanente

  • Director of Business Operations

    Atrium Health


  • MSW

    University of Pittsburgh

  • MD

    Medical University of South Carolina

  • M.S. Public Health

    Baylor University

  • Physician Assistant (PA) Program

    Mercer University

  • M.S. Public Health

    George Washington University 


    • Business
    • Hospital System
    • Pharmaceutical Company
    • Health Care Consulting
    • Managed Care Organization
    • Non-Profit
    • 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
    • Diplomacy
    • Foreign Affairs
    • Public Service
    • Institutional and Community Development


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