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Billingual Health Track

Educating and Graduating Culturally Competent Bilingual Physicians

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UTMB School of Medicine introduces medical students to culturally tailored clinical experiences, medical knowledge in the Spanish language, and clinical experiences abroad and in the US. The Bilingual Health Track (BHT) is a one of a kind scholarly concentration that emphasizes and addresses cultural competency in Hispanic health during the student's academic years.

Required course

A requirement of the course is one of the following (students may choose more than one option):

  • Practice of Medicine (POM) HABLE course year 1 and 2
  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL) HABLE course year 1 and 2
  • Clinical Conversational Spanish (CCS) online course

» POM/PBL HABLE Application Form 2014

Application open until June 27, 2014

Students are required to complete five credits through an experience abroad in Latin America or Spain and it is recommended between year one and two or the student can conduct their summer experience within the US. During academic years three and four, students may opt to conduct their clinical electives in the specialty of their choice in a predominantly Spanish-speaking patient population clinic.

In year four, the student must complete a selective. For BHT the student must submit a written report on Hispanic health with an emphasis on cultural competency based on a past clinical encounter. The course below has BSHS credit.

» Cultural Competency in Hispanic Health, Course number: MEHU 4411

All students enrolled in the School of Medicine are eligible.

The curriculum is integrated across the four years of medical school.

Students graduate:

  • Proficient in medical Spanish terminology.
  • Proficient in history-taking and physical exams in Spanish.
  • Culturally competent in Hispanic health.

Once the student completes the BHT he/she will receive a certificate of completion and verbal recognition at the time of graduation and it will be reflected in the Dean's Letter.

Contact: Norma Alicia Perez, M.D., Dr.P.H.

2013-14 School of Medicine 4th Years
FAMU-4022 Ambulatory Community Selective

Faculty Director: Norma A. Perez, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Location: Cameron Park Clinic in Brownsville, TX
FAMU-4022: Integrated Community Health Project: Frontera de Salud Community Health Ambulatory Community Selective

Students who would benefit from this course:

  • Students interested in community-based health education and promotion
  • Students interested in primary care
  • Students interested in public health
  • Students interested in Hispanic healthcare
  • Students interested in acquiring cultural competence

The University of Texas Medical Branch has a proud tradition of excellence in teaching, scholarly research, curricular innovation and in meeting the healthcare needs of the State of Texas. As director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence, my primary objective is to provide faculty and students with future opportunities in career advancement, research, clinical practice, mentorship, counseling, and pre-medical academic enrichment programs to promising students. The HCOE's history in UTMB dates back to 1992, through federal funding by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.



Berengaria Navarre, B.S., B.A.