Cultural competency training for public health students: Integrating self, social, and global awareness into a master of public health curriculum

Linda F. Cushman, Marlyn Delva, Cheryl L. Franks, Ana Jimenez-Bautista, Joyce Moon-Howard, Jim Glover, Melissa D. Begg

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Abstract

Cultural competency training in public health, medicine, social work, nursing, dental medicine, and other health professions has been a topic of increasing interest and significance. Despite the now burgeoning literature that describes specific knowledge, attitudes, and skills that promote cultural "competence," fully defining this complex, multidimensional term and implementing activities to enhance it remain a challenge. We describe our experiences in introducing a mandatory, full-day workshop to incoming Master of Public Health students, called "Self, Social, and Global Awareness: Personal Capacity Building for Professional Education and Practice." The purpose of the program is to provide a meaningful, structured environment to explore issues of culture, power, privilege, and social justice, emphasizing the centrality of these issues in effective public health education and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S132-S140
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume105
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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