Program Director: Dr. Alexander Roedlach SVD

This program is designed for health care professionals and non-clinical professionals working or intending to work in diverse health care settings with patients. While their professional associations and organizations may have specific competencies associated with certain skills pertaining to cultural competency, this program teaches the essential and foundational knowledge, attitudes, and skills. This certificate program is designed to critically examine cultural competency in health and health services and the underlying challenges of responding to health disparity. Students will be encouraged to rethink traditional notions of cultural competency while building an advanced foundation for cultural responsiveness in health care services.

Program Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Compare the relationship between different conceptual frameworks for health and understanding health and illness
  2. Analyze the relationship between social inequities and health and illness
  3. Discuss how culture and social inequities impact the delivery and utilization of health services
  4. Describe the responsibility of clinical providers in cross-cultural relationships
  5. Identify factors related to disparate health outcomes for ethnic minorities in America
  6. Form cultural responsiveness as professional responsibility
  7. Justify the need to negotiate care
  8. Apply enhanced communication skills
  9. Use advanced negotiation skills
  10. Perform cultural liaisons/brokers’ activities

Preparation Phase

Incoming students will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to assess intercultural competency. Students will also take a Medical Anthropology (MMA) Introductory Self-Assessment to assess foundational knowledge in anthropology and social and cultural determinants of health.

Cultural Competency in Health Care Certificate requirements (15 credits):

GRD 600Orientation to Creighton0
Foundational Knowledge
GRD 601Writing for Graduate Students1
MMA 593Cultural Competency in Health Care3
MMA 600Seminar in Medical Anthropology2
MMA 630Health Care and Health Services: Anthropological Perspectives3
Attitudes electives
Choose one of the following:3
Definitions of Health - Implications for Care: A Comparative Approach 1
Social Epidemiology
Food, Culture, and Nutritional Health
Social Science Approaches to Understanding Disease: Cancer
Social & Cultural Contexts of Health Care
Public Health Anthropology: Bridging Differences
Global Health: Local Realities and Global Forces
Rural Health Issues and Initiatives
Indigenous Health Issues
Praxis Skills electives
Choose one of the following:3
Community Health Assessment
Health Communication and Informatics
Strategic Orienteering and Execution Tactics
Communicating and Leading Across Cultures
Innovation and Adaptive Change
Approaches to Human Capital
Conflict Engagement and Leadership
Dynamics of Conflict
Applied Interdisciplinary Research: A Narrative Approach
Cultural Proficiency for Health Care Professionals I
Total Credits15

 Students are encouraged to take MMA 561 Definitions of Health - Implications for Care: A Comparative Approach. This interdisciplinary study-abroad summer course explores different understandings of health and how these influence responses to illness and disease, perceptions of caregiving, and policies pertaining to public health and health care during a two-weeks’ stay in Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia) and Budapest (Hungary) with visits at various formal and alternative health care organizations.

Concluding Stage

At the conclusion of the program, students will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).