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Idaho University To Offer Spanish For Health Care Degree

CHICAGO - MAY 02: Students work on computers at the Community Learning Resource Center May 2, 2005 at Perez Elementary School in the largely Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Spanish-speaking residents in the Chicago Public School (CPS) district will have the opportunity to learn basic computer skills at no cost through a partnership between the CPS Office of Language and Cultural Education and the Mexican university Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico. Upon completion of the 16-week program, parents will receive a diploma from the Tecnologico de Monterrey. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CHICAGO - MAY 02: Students work on computers at the Community Learning Resource Center May 2, 2005 at Perez Elementary School in the largely Hispanic Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Spanish-speaking residents in the Chicago Public School (CPS) district will have the opportunity to learn basic computer skills at no cost through a partnership between the CPS Office of Language and Cultural Education and the Mexican university Tecnologico de Monterrey, in Monterrey, Mexico. Upon completion of the 16-week program, parents will receive a diploma from the Tecnologico de Monterrey. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)  (2005 Getty Images)

Idaho State University in Pocatello is offering a degree in Spanish for Health Professions starting this fall.

Helen Tarp is director of the new program and an associate professor of Spanish at ISU. She says she was unable to find a similar program anywhere in the country.

The program is intended to help students in health professions become more competitive in the workforce while language students could train to work as a translator in an emergency room or doctor's office.

The program includes curriculum requirements from both the health care and language departments, making it easier for students to double-major in their chosen fields.

Tarp says a 63 percent increase in Idaho's Hispanic population over the past decade highlights the need for the new program, which will highlight language and culture.

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