Intercultural Services in Healthcare

Wake Forest University

12 months
38650 USD/year
38650 USD/year
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This Intercultural Services in Healthcare program at Wake Forest University is the first such specialization in the U.S., preparing graduates to enter managerial positions in culture-sensitive healthcare delivery areas such as bilingual employment, translation/interpreting services and health communications.


The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations established that 66 percent of sentinel events in healthcare are caused by deficient communication. As a result, as of January 1, 2011, it implemented accreditation standards to advance effective communication and cultural competence, requiring medical institutions receiving federal funds to provide language services to patients with limited English proficiency.

Our graduates in the Intercultural Services in Healthcare program at Wake Forest University will be prepared to

  • identify and address ethnic, linguistic and socio-cultural healthcare issues
  • ensure hiring of qualified and competent interpreters, translator, and bilingual staff
  • educate personnel about current federal regulations
  • improve patient care quality by integrating evidence-based practices of intercultural healthcare delivery into the work process
  • help reduce tragic and costly sentinel events.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Survey of Health Communication
  • Health Communication: Patient-Provider
  • Health Communication: Patient-Provider
  • Applied Translation Studies
  • Organizational Behavior and Interpreting
  • Sociolinguistics and Dialectology
  • Localization and Terminology
  • Internship
  • Applied Research Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Each application, whether from a domestic or international applicant, is evaluated and considered on its own merits and academic qualifications. Consideration is also given to previous research experience, publications, and work performance.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examinations
  • Applicants whose native language is not English, but English was the primary medium of instruction at the public, undergraduate, or graduate school level, should include an official statement from their degree granting institution confirming that English was the medium of instruction. Once this statement has been received, the Graduate School will confirm by email or written document that the English requirement has been met.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    38650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38650 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    38650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 38650 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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