Comparative Study of Cultural Competency Education

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  • Title: Comparative Study of Cultural Competency Education
  • Author(s): Carrie Pullen, Doris Abrishami
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Health, Wellness & Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society
  • Keywords: Cultural Competence, Healthcare Education, Program Comparison, Health Administration, Radiologic Sciences
  • Volume: 9
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2156-8960 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2156-9053 (Online)
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  • Citation: Pullen, Carrie, and Doris Abrishami. 2018. "Comparative Study of Cultural Competency Education." The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society 9 (1): 31-40. doi:10.18848/2156-8960/CGP/v09i01/31-40.
  • Extent: 10 pages


The relationship between cultural competence among healthcare professionals and the quality of health care ultimately provided to patients is internationally recognized. It is incumbent upon educators, therefore, to utilize the appropriate teaching tools to create learning and growth in the area of cultural competence among students who represent our future healthcare leaders and practitioners. This study, conducted in the Health Sciences department at the California State University, Northridge, compared the approaches of two different programs, Health Administration and Radiologic Sciences, as they introduced cultural competence training to students. Researchers’ recommendations include implementing a cultural competence assessment for both students and faculty to further evaluate the comparative efficacy of the methods of the two programs. It was also recommended that the Health Administration program implements the existing standard practice of the Radiologic Sciences program, to conduct an annual evaluation of preceptor assessments of the cultural competence of individual students. It is expected that more comprehensive recommendations will be made following the implementation of these initial recommendations.