Health And Cultural Diversity

Working within a diverse and complex society, today’s healthcare professionals must be receptive to differences across various cultural and ethnic groups. Professionals need to be able to anticipate challenges and effectively manage diversity issues in cross-cultural situations.

Students in the Health and Cultural Diversity concentration will examine the sociocultural factors that impact health, such as ethnicity, culture, religion, education, and gender. You can also:

  • Learn how to recognize differences in communication styles across cultures.
  • Develop greater cultural competence as a health professional working in a diverse global society.
  • Discover the impact that cultural differences have on individual responses to health-related conditions, such as pain, stress, and illness.
  • Promote social change by respecting, valuing, and understanding the beliefs and norms of various cultural groups.

The Health and Cultural Diversity concentration is a great choice if you are interested in working within a nonprofit, government, or nongovernmental agency or within an international organization or agency, such as the World Health Organization or the United Nations.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 181 total quarter credits
    • General education courses (46 cr.)*
    • Core courses (55 cr.)
    • Concentration courses (30 cr.)
    • Elective courses (45 cr.)
    • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits. At least 45 credits must be completed at Walden.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 855-646-5286.

*Click here for required general education courses by program.

First Term Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HMNT 1001 Course Living and Learning in a Technological World Credits (6 cr.)

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 1000 Course Concepts of Health Promotion Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 1005 Course Context of Healthcare Delivery Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 4200 Course Principles of Epidemiology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 4205 Course Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 2110 Course Behavioral and Cultural Issues in Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 2115 Course Aging Across the Lifespan Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 2120 Course Health Informatics Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3100 Course Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3105 Course Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Healthcare Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3110 Course Current Issues in Healthcare Policy and Practice Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code HLTH 3115 Course Public and Global Health Credits (5 cr.)

Concentration Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code SOCI 2001 Course Multicultural Dimensions of Society Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 3005 Course Racial and Ethnic Identities Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 4001 Course Cultural Perspectives in Health Psychology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COMM 4001 Course Intercultural Communication Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code PSYC 4008 Course Intergroup Conflict and Peace Building Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code RELG 2001
or
PSYC 3006
Course World Religions

Psychology of Gender
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)

Capstone Course

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code HLTH 4900 Course Capstone Credits (5 cr.)

Elective Courses

Choose nine courses from general education, BS in Health Studies, or other Walden bachelor’s degree programs. Your elective credits should total 45 to meet your program requirements. You may also be eligible to transfer previous credit to meet your elective requirements. Note on minors: Electives can also be used to complete a six-course minor.

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