HCA 340 Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness

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HCA 340 Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness

3 Semester Units

This course promotes an awareness of the dimensions and complexities involved in caring for people from diverse cultural backgrounds. The course will review the latest information on the health care delivery system.  It examines the differences existing within North America by probing the health care system and consumers, and explores examples of traditional health beliefs and practices among selected populations. An emphasis on the influences of recent social, political, and demographics changes helps to explore the issues and perceptions of health and illness today.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the cultural phenomena affecting health and describe cultural competency.
  • Understand the issues related to health care reform.
  • Describe the types of folk medicine.
  • Discuss the current health care problems in Asian/Pacific Islander communities, American Indian communities, Hispanic-American communities, and African American communities.


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