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The Language of Healthcare

Not understanding what is being said during a clinical encounter, or being able to read a medical report serves to disempower and disenfranchise people: it makes them feel locked out of their own healthcare. Through this course, you will learn fundamental skills that will allow you to engage more effectively with healthcare professionals and the healthcare system.

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About this course

A consistent factor that underpins healthcare, regardless of the setting or country in which it is delivered, is the jargon that surrounds clinical practice. Medical terminology is part of this jargon. So understanding medical terminology is a key to understanding the language used in healthcare. In this course we introduce you to how to build medical terms and how to break them into their component parts in order to determine their meaning. We explain spelling and pronunciation conventions and the use of abbreviations, acronyms, eponyms and symbols.

Course structure

  1. Why does medical terminology matter?
  2. Demystifying the language of medicine
  3. Everyday medical abbreviations
  4. The devil’s in the detail

Why you should do this course?

Learn about medical terminology and health literacy from the people who promote their usage. This course is designed for anyone wanting to engage and communicate more effectively in healthcare, whether you are a health consumer, a professional whose job takes them into the health sector, of even if you already work in healthcare but can’t always speak the language. This course also provides some of the critical knowledge required for the UTS Master of Advanced Health Services Management (HIM Major) offered by Faculty of Health.

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Learn about medical terminology and health literacy from the people who promote their usage

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