SOCI324 : Applying Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness
This course will increase awareness of the challenges and concerns of the delivery of health care among diverse, minority and underserved populations. Students will explore the effects of culture on the perception of health and illness by the affected individuals and by society. Students will also become familiar with how their own perceptions shape the delivery of care. This course will increase awareness of diversity and teach skills for a more personalized and accessible delivery of healthcare. Special focus will be paid to building responsible relationships with patients and other professionals for the sake of patient-centered care that encompasses not only physical but also psycho-social and cultural aspects of healthcare. Students will participate in service learning experiences throughout the duration of the course. Exposure and awareness of diverse, minority and underserved populations will be gained through 10 hours of service learning that is coordinated by the student with the assistance of the instructor.