HLTH 1061: Medical English

Participants develop and strengthen their understanding of medical terminology as it is used in a Canadian health care context. Language development will be facilitated through the use of case scenarios, dialogues and discussions related to body systems, medications, and medication administration as well as health care contexts. Through the use of reading for general meaning, word expansions and vocabulary building, internationally-educated health care providers are able to acquire career-specific language development.

NOTE: This course is intended for students who have English as a second language.

Please note that credit for this course does not count toward the requirements of the Bachelor of Health Science degree.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to demonstrate English language skill and comprehension related:

  • Body systems - anatomy and physiology, function and failure;
  • Interviewing, reporting and recording for the purpose of obtaining a health history;
  • Medication terminology and abbreviations;
  • Pharmacology and medication administration;
  • Wounds, viruses, and infections; and
  • Treatments and interventions.

Course topics

  • Concepts of Health and Wellness
  • Professional Caring
  • Pharmacy Communication
  • Physician Office Communication
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • Cardiovascular and Circulatory Systems
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Gastrointestinal System
  • The Neurological System
  • Wounds, Viruses and Infections
  • Pharmacology and Medication Administration

Required text and materials

Students will need to source the following on their own:

  1. Hull, M. Medical English Clear & Simple. 1st ed. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company, (2010).
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 978-0-8036-2165-7

Additional requirements

Computer microphone and headset. Webcam recommended.


In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50 per cent overall. If you do not submit an assignment, you will be assigned a mark of zero (0) for that assignment. You should be aware that the best way to achieve the learning outcomes of the course is by completing all assignments.

Assignment 1: Interview 25%
Assignment 2: Information Report 25%
Assignment 3: Critiquing & Sharing 10%
Assignment 4: Writing a Case 10%
Quiz 1 15%
Quiz 2 15%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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