HEALTH DISPARITIES AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY Syllabus
Course Learning Objectives
After completing this course, you should be able to:
- Discuss changing U.S. demographics related to race and ethnicity
- Define health disparities and cultural competence
- Describe the various federal mandates and regulatory standards related to health disparities and cultural competency
- Identify the prevalence of disparities in health status
- Explain theories that explain disparities and efforts to address them
- Understand health disparities by race/ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and the social determinants of health
Course DescriptionIntroduces students to the issue of health disparities. Addresses the prevalence of disparities in health status, theories that explain disparities, and efforts to address them. Covers health disparities by race/ethnicity as well as socioeconomic status.
Intended AudienceSummer Institute participants
Methods of Assessment33% attendance, 34% class participation, and 33% annotated bibliography
LaVeist, Thomas A. and Lydia A. Isaac (editors). Race, Ethnicity and Health: A Public Health Reader. 2nd edition. San Francisco, CA, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2013.
Additional Required Readings:
- Take at least 2 of the Implicit Association Tests, 1 of which must involve race
- The Joint Commission, Hospitals, Language, and Culture, Executive Summary (pp. 1-13)
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health, Enhanced CLAS Standards (2013 version)
- National Health Law Program, High Costs of Language Barriers in Medical Malpractice
- Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), Guidelines for Care of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients
- Religious Cultural Competence as Cultural Competence
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
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