AH-145: Culture-Sensitive Healthcare

Health and Human Services
Health Careers
Health Careers
Academic Level
Course Subject
Allied Health
Course Number
Course Title
Culture-Sensitive Healthcare
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Catalog Course Description

Assists healthcare providers in understanding the needs, expectations, and behaviors of multicultural patient populations and the barriers to effective patient care. Focuses upon health care practices directly related to the African American, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European patients.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Becoming Culturally Competent
  2. Understanding Culture
  3. Personality and Culture
  4. Role of Culture in Health and Health Care
  5. Negotiating Culture Differences in Working with Patients
  6. Evaluating Clients and Designing Interventions in a Diverse World
  7. Assessing Intercultural Interactions and Interventions
  8. Recommendations for Successful Caregiver/Patient Interaction across Cultures
  9. Providing Culture-Sensitive Healthcare to African Americans
  10. Providing Culture-Sensitive Healthcare to People from the Middle East
  11. Providing Culture-Sensitive Healthcare to People from Eastern Europe
  12. Providing Culture-Sensitive Healthcare to People of Asian Origin
  13. Providing Culture-Sensitive Healthcare to Hispanic/Latino Patients
  14. The Effect of Religious Beliefs on Healthcare
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Define culture.
  2. Discuss how culture interacts with individual experience and personality in the development of beliefs, values, and actions.
  3. Discuss the impact of culture on those giving and receiving health care with an understanding of past and present events.
  4. Identify the effects of one=s own attitudes, values, and beliefs in providing healthcare to culturally diverse populations.
  5. Describe how cultural beliefs are related to health and wellness.
  6. Analyze how cultural beliefs influence the delivery of health services.
  7. Assess culturally relevant information and design successful intervention techniques.
  8. Assess intercultural interactions and interventions in patient care.
  9. Describe factors that facilitate or inhibit communication by healthcare providers.
  10. Describe major cultural beliefs, values and practices of the following patient populations: African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and Eastern European patients as they relate to healthcare.
  11. Identify examples of appropriate suggestions for caregivers in dealing with African American, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European patients.
  12. Discuss the general barriers to effective patient healthcare for African American, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Eastern European patients.
  13. Describe the effects of diverse religious beliefs among patients on health care delivery.
  14. Discuss how cultural diversity strengthens the healthcare team and the delivery of health services.
  15. Devise strategies to strengthen communication within diverse healthcare teams.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed using a combination of class participation, assignments and exams.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations
  • Instructors (or their designees) reserve the right to require students to provide proper picture identification for test taking, graded papers or projects or other appropriate purposes.
  • HFCC Policy on Academic Dishonesty (Cheating) will be followed in this course.

Textbook(s) determined through the School of Health and Human Services approval.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date