University of California Irvine pioneered Cultural Competency in the UC System. UCLA’s Course will be fashioned after UCI’s with the appropriate moderations to facilitate the demands that are specific to UCLA.
UCI – Objectives: This course revolves around the four previously mentioned concepts of awareness, attitudes, behaviors as well as clinical and communication skills. Students should keep these concepts in mind as they evaluate information presented in this course.
UCLA – Objectives: Same but inclusive of “Collective Populations.”
UCI Awareness Statement: The materials presented should make one more cognizant of the impact of culture on patients’ health and illness status as well as the delivery of medical treatment by health care providers. The course will examine different values, customs, thought and behavior patterns, as well as other factors, which distinguish one culture from another. The goal is to understand how these cultural factors affect health, illness, and the giving and receiving of health care. In developing a knowledge base regarding different ethnic groups, it is important not to stereotype, since the information presented may not necessarily pertain to all members of that particular group.
UCLA’s Awareness Statement: Same but expanded to “Collective Populations.”
UC-I’s Statement on Attitudes
The influence of attitudes, biases, and preconceptions regarding different ethnic groups impacts health care effectiveness; the development of awareness and understanding of the role that culture plays in medicine is integral to effective health care management.
Behavior: Students in this course are encouraged to make the cognitive connections between their behavior and their awareness, knowledge, and attitudes.
Clinical and Communication Skills: The awareness, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that one develops will have little practical value unless one integrates and applies them into his/her clinical practice. An integral part of providing culturally competent healthcare is the ability to communicate effectively with patients. Effective communication includes the ability to listen, understand, explain, and discuss treatment options with sensitivity and competence.
This course will present an introduction to human sexuality in terms of the basic biological
substrates of reproductive function as a phylogenic mandate to sustaining the human species.
Additionally we will examine the psychological and sociological expressions of human sexuality with the contextual framework of the intrusion imposed by and the necessity of reconciling the disparity between a virtually static human biology and rapid achievements in technology In the course of this class, slides films and videotapes depicting sexual behavior may be presented. discussion and presentation of sexual material is of concern to you, then you should discuss this with the professor and/or reconsider taking this class.