Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Autumn 2024
6 Weeks
University Certificate of Study
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Susann Huschke

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Brief Description

This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility.   Please Note:   Applicants may only apply for and receive, one subsidised course per semester.   

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Module Description Module Code NFQ Level ECTS Credits Start Date Cost

Communication and Interpreting in the Irish Healthcare System

BM4071 8 6 TBC 

€600 (EU)

€1,200 (Non-EU)

To register you interest in this course please contact the course coordinator Dr Susann Huschke.

This course provides specialist knowledge for interpreting in healthcare settings. The purpose of this micro-credential course is to upskill people who interpret, advocate or mediate for refugees and migrants, as well as clinicians and healthcare managers/planners.

The course focuses on the role of an interpreter in a healthcare setting and the specifics of the Irish health care system with attention to refugee and migrants' entitlements to healthcare. The importance of doctor-patient communication will be covered with a focus on the role of interpreters to support communication between them. Interpreter wellbeing will also be discussed.

It is the first micro-credential in a package of multiple micro-credentials that we aim to develop, which will be stackable towards a Graduate Certificate in healthcare interpreting.

On the successful completion of this module participants will:

  • Understand the role of primary and secondary health care in the Irish healthcare system, the difference between public and private health care, and refugees’ and migrants’ access to health care;
  • Recognise the nature and importance of good communication in multilingual consultations and understand how racism and unconscious bias affect communication;
  • Understand the complexities in relation to implementation of trained interpreters, particularly the lack of knowledge about interpreting roles vis a vis other professional roles (e.g. advocates, social workers);
  • Be able to identify methods for self-care and continuing professional development for interpreters in Ireland.

The course will start with a full day in-person workshop at the University of Limerick on 23 September 2023, followed by 6 weekly lectures (2 hours each) in the evening. Live attendance is required for the lectures, although they will be recorded for students who have conflicting work arrangements. Self-guided group work/writing is required for the assignments.

The programme is open to anyone interested in upskilling in the area of healthcare interpreting, e.g. people working as interpreters or planning to do so in the future, as well as advocacy workers, social workers, migrant activists, clinicians and healthcare planners. 

The course involves group work and written assignments which require advanced English language skills. 

Note: To obtain the Graduate Certificate in the future (i.e. a combination of a number of micro-credential courses in addition to this one), non-Native English speakers will need proof of English skills level C1 (IELTS or equivalent), so it is advisable to work towards this in parallel to taking the micro-credential courses.

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.


€600 (EU)

€1,200 (Non-EU)

HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria 

Please click here for information on funding and scholarships.

This course is suitable for 

  • people working as interpreters/translators
  • graduates of language degrees
  • anyone working in migrant advocacy/support, incl. social workers, advocacy workers, psychologists etc.
  • healthcare professionals (e.g. GPs and public health nurses)
  • healthcare planners (e.g. HSE staff)