Cultural Competence for Health Professionals

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Submitted by University of M... on Sep 25, 2015 - 11:08am CDT

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This online, self-paced course is designed for health professions students (including dental students) to provide a foundation in cultural competence and strategies to appropriately address cross-cultural issues in clinical settings. The course will prepare you to begin the journey toward competently and confidently interacting successfully with individuals from a diversity of cultures.



  • Beginning the Journey: Awareness

  • Building Cultural Knowledge

  • Cultural Sensitivity

  • Cultural Competence

  • Resources


Learning Outcomes 

By completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize your own cultural frame of reference

  • Describe differences in values and beliefs between and within cultures

  • Distinguish between useful generalizations about culture and harmful stereotypes about patients in clinical settings

  • Use the Observe Reflect Expand (ORE) model of cultural sensitivity to establish effective and long-term, patient-provider relationships

  • Identify strategies to appropriately respond to patient reactions and cross-cultural issues in clinical settings

  • Navigate cultural differences such as language barriers, beliefs, and practices related to health care

  • Locate additional cultural diversity resources when needed


Register for this free course.  

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry
Naty Lopez, PhD