Date of Award

8-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Nutrition

Major Professor

Betsy Haughton

Committee Members

Paul Erwin, Marsha Spence

Abstract

Each year, the United States is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse and creating many challenges for healthcare professionals. Extensive literature has documented a gap between minority and majority populations’ health outcomes. According to the Institute of Medicine, one way to eliminate health disparities is by providing cross-cultural training to future and current healthcare professionals. A few models in healthcare delivery systems have assessed their own organizational cultural competence. However, due to the unique differences between health care delivery systems and post-secondary health-related academic units, there exists a need to develop and validate a model for organizational cultural competence of post-secondary health-related academic units. This literature review builds the foundation for this research project, which is to provide initial construct validity of a model for organizational cultural competence of postsecondary health related academic units.

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