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Bridging The Gap: Medical Interpreter Training is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are proficient in two or more languages. This course is a 40-hour professional development program that trains bilingual individuals to facilitate a medical encounter in the healthcare environment. Successful completion of this program leads to certification in medical interpretation. Applications will be accepted from February 27, 2018 until April 22, 2018.

This EPIC Term is sponsored by the Center for Global Education and the Center for Global Health.

Bridging The Gap: Medical Interpreter Training ...

  • is a 5-day immersive experience for students who will start their sophomore, junior or senior year at Earlham in the Fall 2018 semester.
  • is for students who have a proficiency in English and another language.
  • teaches students the basics of interpretation, particularly in a healthcare setting.
  • provides students with skills to work effectively with diverse populations.
  • prepares students for potential careers in healthcare and in interpreting.

Bridging The Gap: Medical Interpreter Training ...

  • is a non-credit bearing 5-day experience, running from Sunday, August 12, through Friday, August 17, prior to the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester. This CGH sponsored course will be instructed by Adam Ballart, a trained Bridging The Gap instructor from the Department of Modern Languages and Classics, Ball State University.
  • Participants are required to complete an on-line language proficiency assessment in advance of the course at no additional charge
  • Learn basic interpreter and health care information skills, including HIPAA and confidentiality
  • Cultivate advocacy and culturally appropriate communication skills
  • Become immersed in professional development and technical practice
  • Receive a certification in medical interpretation upon successful completion of the course

Faculty Coordinators:

  • Peter Blair, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology; Co-Director of the Center for Global Health and the Integrated Program in Health Sciences


  • Program fee of $350.
  • Includes all expenses during the program - accommodations, all meals and equipment, transportation.
  • Does not include transportation to Earlham before the start of the program; meals after Friday, August 17; food costs beyond what is distributed; incidentals.

Questions? Looking for more information?

Email Peter Blair at