Medical Language Learning


Clarity and mutual understanding in patient-provider communication are absolute imperatives in providing great patient care. With support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Canopy has developed online medical language courses that empower medical students and professionals with the skills to overcome communication friction and better care for increasingly diverse patient populations. 



Medical Spanish

With 42 million native Spanish speakers in the U.S. (and growing), the goal of Canopy’s Medical Spanish course is to foster current and future generations of healthcare providers to establish a rapport and communicate with their Spanish-speaking patients. The course teaches specialized medical concepts and terminology across a wide spectrum of commonly-encountered clinical scenarios to enable providers to establish a rapport with their Spanish-speaking patients.  Our 40-hour curriculum is spread over three levels to accommodate varying degrees of Spanish speakers and is tailored to Medical language. 


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All Levels: US$495
Level 1: US$195
Level 2: US$195
Level 3: US$195

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NIH Award Recipient


Interactive Activities


Certificate in Medical Spanish



For years, Canopy Learn has improved patient communications for thousands of health providers, quickly and efficiently.

I would absolutely recommend it because I think it’s the most high-yield Spanish course for medical Spanish. It’s everything that you need without having to wade through a bunch of unrelated Spanish vocabulary. I don’t really need to know how to order a meal or find a bus stop. I need to be able to communicate with my patients and understand what they’re saying back. It’s nice to have something so perfect for our profession. And I think that it’s also nice because it’s an interactive website. The training course is pretty easily accessible and you can go back and look up lessons and refresh what you need to look at.
— Lian Quach, DO Candidate

Canopy Learn is a critical tool used within the medical curriculum.


Dr. Christine O'Dea discusses the benefits of Canopy Learn and how it fits into the University of Cincinnati's longitudinal medical Spanish program.

Dr. O'Dea, MD is the Director of Global Health Education - Dept. of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.



Validated Methodology

The Canopy Learn curriculum was developed through a research-validated pedagogy, specifically designed to mimic the experience of studying with a live tutor and guide learners through acquisition, retention, and application of new linguistic and cultural skills in real-life situations.


Accessible & Convenient

It’s online and self-paced! With a modular lesson design, you can take the course at your own pace (as opposed to classroom or tutor-based instruction) allowing flexibility for busy practitioner and student schedules. Relevant for all proficiency levels: with three progressive course levels, it’s appropriate for beginners to heritage Spanish-speakers.


Mix of Interactive Activities

Reading, writing, listening, and speaking exercises provide learners a varied, interactive blend of activities that emulate language learning with a tutor.

Carefully designed role play exercises enable an immersive way to apply skills and produce speech, which is critical for solidifying newly acquired linguistic abilities!


Rich Media & Telenovela

Canopy's video lessons and custom written and produced Telenovela focus on on the most common practitioner-patient interactions, demonstrating the authentic context in which medical Spanish is actually used. It’s a must-see!

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I think the course is very useful as it incorporates diversified strategies to teach information to students (i.e. videos, fill in the blanks, matching). It is this diversification which makes the course interesting and easy to follow. I am having fun with the modules.
— Yenny Fernandez, Freelance Translator (English-Spanish)

* Completion of the program does not replace certified medical interpreters: seeking qualified interpretation aid is always a priority!

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