Care of Populations: Cultural Competency


Cost: $100

Culture influences health behavior and when major differences exist between a patient’s and provider’s cultural framework for illness, a host of adverse outcomes may result. This badge introduces students to the concepts of health and health care disparity and the importance of learning how individuals define, react to, and treat illness and other health risks.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this badge, students will be able to:

  • Describe the concept of culture and its impact on disparate health outcomes
  • Recognize different conceptual frameworks for understanding health and illness
  • Identify factors that influence health care practice and delivery
  • Illustrate ways to improve service delivery through culturally-responsive care for diverse populations
  • Assess the importance of culturally-informed care as a professional responsibility

Credit Hours
Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria

Contact Hours for Professional Relicensure
Nursing - Nurses seeking Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) for a badge course, must submit an Individual Offering Approval Application (IOA) to the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) for official approval PRIOR to renewal of your nursing license. The IOA can be found on or go to

Social Workers - This program has been pre-approved by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for continuing education for social workers. These course offerings are approved for 7.5 contact hours applicable for relicensure. (BSRB approval #05-001).


    Amy Drassen Ham, PhD, MPH

    Amy Drassen Ham

    Dr. Drassen Ham is a medical anthropologist with research interest in culturally-informed care. She has Master’s degrees in Anthropology and Public Health and received her PhD from the University of Kansas. Dr. Drassen Ham’s research and work examines how providers use cultural competency education in clinical and other health services. She is focusing on evaluating and rethinking standard educational approaches to clinical cultural competency and better positioning person-centeredness in health services education. She teaches cultural competency, epidemiology, and community development methods and speaks locally and nationally about challenges in cultural competency education. She is a Fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology, a Tilford Diversity Commission Fellow, and a Wichita State University Online Faculty Fellow. Dr. Drassen Ham received the WSU Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009 and the Rodenberg Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015.

    Care of Populations: Culture Badge


    CRN Course # Term
    16598 HP 570 BE Fall 2021