Introduction to Health Care Interpreting Decal (ES 198, formerly PH 198) 

Time: Lecture: Monday 7:00-­8:30pm;

Language practice: Wednesday 6:30-­8:00 pm


Course Facilitators: Brandon Chan, Sarah Nam



Course Description

NOTE: To take our course, you must be accepted into the club after our interview process before we can give you the CCNS needed to add the course. Apply here

Undergraduate students in public health, social work, or related fields who are fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, or Tagalog are welcome to apply. Language assessments are conducted prior to admission to the mandatory Decal, which acquaints new Volunteer Health Interpreters Organization volunteers with health interpretation practices.

The Health Care Interpreting Decal aims to train fluent, bilingual students to interpret, or verbally translate, for health workers and patients in various healthcare settings in different languages in the San Francisco Bay Area­­­: Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, and Tagalog. Students of all linguistic backgrounds will be introduced to

    1. The theory, concepts, and skills in health care interpreting
    2. The complexity of the roles and responsibilities of interpreters in health care setting and skills to carry out those functions
    3. The ethical principles, considerations, and strategies to handle challenges they may encounter as health care interpreters
    4. The biological and anatomical aspects of healthcare that will enhance their knowledge of the medical fields they may come across.

    They will apply these principles and skills and familiarize themselves with common medical terminologies during the language group simulation practice portion of the class. The language group practice portion will focus on the specific areas of health that VHIO is working with during the semester, such as physical therapy, dentistry, and end-of-life care, so that students who are also members of VHIO will be able to get continuous practice that prepares them for actual interpreting sessions at clinics and events.

    Providing training in...

    Interpretation Protocols
    Confidentiality Laws
    Medical Terminology
    Anatomy and Physiology

    3 thoughts on “Training

    • September 2, 2011 at 7:13 am

      Hi Sean,

      You are welcome to audit our DeCal, meaning that you may receive training by taking the class, except that you will not get units as you are not enrolled through Telebears. Thank you for your interest in VHIO, and don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any other questions!


      VHIO Officers

    • September 4, 2011 at 7:21 am


      No that is not necessary–once we have notified you of acceptances, we will give you all the necessary instructions for Deal enrollment.

    • September 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm


      Midterms in other classes are excused absences and do not count into the 2 unexcused absences that result in a NP.

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