HCA 340 Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness
3 Semester Units
Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness promotes an awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in interactions between health professionals and patients from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. It examines different cultural perspectives regarding health, illness and health care that exists within American society by demonstrating traditional health beliefs and practices among selected populations. Emphasis is placed on the importance of having culturally competent health care professionals to better serve an increasingly diverse population.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Recognize the cultural phenomena affecting health care.
- Evaluate what it means to be a culturally competent health care professional.
- Understand the issues related to health care reform.
- Describe various types of folk medicine.
- Discuss health care problems in various demographic groups.
- Examine health and illness from a multicultural perspective.