Spanish for Health Careers is designated for students with little or no formal background in Spanish. It will also be helpful to people who have studied elementary Spanish and would like to apply their Spanish in a medical setting. Vocabulary and grammar are presented in a health care context, starting with such topics as the building of the patient-practitioner relationship, the patient’s chief complaint, medical history and current symptoms. Next, the course covers tests and procedures, diagnoses, treatments, pharmacotherapy, diet and nutrition and specialized topics like mental health, maternity and the promotion of safer sex. Cultural presentations explore some of the values and customs of Spanish and Hispanic culture. They aim to help students understand the influence of their own beliefs and respect diverse cultural differences. For course sections numbered 101 and above, the course may be taken for college credit. All lower numbered sections are noncredit only.