Introduction to Cultural Competency in Healthcare


Second Semester - 1 Credit Hour - BSCN-620

This Introduction to Cultural Competency course will introduce and sensitize students to the challenges of providing quality, culturally-appropriate and patient-centered healthcare that maximizes patient health outcomes. Students will be introduced to historical contexts, observations, experiences, and case studies involving diverse populations/patient groups in order to develop their awareness and sensitivities and their appreciation of the importance of cultural competence when caring for these traditionally under-represented patients.

Students will understand the health disparities routinely experienced by racial/ethnic minorities, populations/patient groups based on their gender, age, socioeconomic, and insurance status, as well as religious or cultural beliefs and practices, sexual orientation, and physical and mental disabilities. Students will learn about the healthcare policy frameworks, the healthcare systems, and provider-related strategies for caring for diverse patient populations as well as people with various socially-stigmatized illnesses including HIV/AIDS and mental health conditions.

Students will also be introduced to inter-professional education (IPE) and models of inter-professional practice (IPP) which have proven to be effective in promoting and improving healthcare quality and patient health outcomes.