A cultural competency course for pharmacy students

Am J Pharm Educ. 2009 Aug 28;73(5):81. doi: 10.5688/aj730581.


Objective: To design, implement, and evaluate a course on health promotion and literacy.

Design: Course objectives such as the development of cultural competency skills, awareness of personal biases, and appreciation of differences in health beliefs among sociocultural groups were addressed using a team-based learning instructional strategy. Student learning outcomes were enhanced using readiness assessment tests (RATs), group presentations, portfolio reflections, and panel discussions.

Assessment: Comparing precourse and postcourse Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competence among Healthcare Professionals (IAPCC-R) scores and portfolio responses indicated enhanced progress toward cultural competency. The Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) provided suggestions for course enhancements.

Conclusions: Evidence supporting enhanced cultural competency after completing the course affirms its value as we prepare pharmacy students to provide patient-centered care in a culturally diverse world.

Keywords: cultural competency; curriculum; health disparities; health literacy.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Awareness
  • Clinical Competence
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Cultural Competency*
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Pharmacy*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Literacy*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Minority Groups*
  • Peer Group
  • Prejudice
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Students, Pharmacy / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires