AH 115 : Cultural Responsiveness in Health Sciences

Transcript title

Cultural Responsiveness in HS



Grading mode

Standard letter grades

Total contact hours


Lecture hours



WR 121Z or BA 214.

Course Description

Highlights the impact of cultural differences on both the patient and the caregiver. Examines the major categories of diversity, language, heritage, biases, and stereotypes and how these might impact patient care. Examines how knowledge of diversity issues can be essential to the caregiver in communication and treatment.

Course learning outcomes

1. Describe cultural identities of individuals and how this might impact patient care.
2. Demonstrate an ability to use respectful language in the discussion of cultural difference while displaying sensitivity and empathy toward people with different values and beliefs as it pertains to patient care.
3. Conduct an ongoing self-evaluation of personal and professional strengths and limitations, involving cultural, ethnic or gender values and beliefs to promote acceptance of one’s own cultural position as a source of potential bias.
4. Recognize cultural differences in verbal and non-verbal communication, health care decision making, and health practices.
5. Build a general awareness of patient’s level of cultural and language literacy, acculturation, or assimilation.

Content outline

  1. Cultural and linguistic competence
  2. African-American patients
  3. Native American and Alaskan Native patients
  4. Asian origin patients
  5. LGBTQ patients
  6. Hispanic and Latino patients
  7. Middle East patients
  8. Eastern Europe patients
  9. Religion beliefs

Required materials

Required textbook.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Human Relations

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