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Health Care Disparities, Diversity and Advocacy

This program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Currently no applications are being accepted for this program.

The purpose of the program is to provide the student with specific knowledge and skills related to global health care disparities, diversity and cultural competence in the health care setting and advocating patient centered care.  This degree presents the student with unique opportunities to blend the practices of health care disparities, diversity and patient advocacy. 

The program will provide a degree to Health Care Disparities, Diversity and Advocacy majors and can be a degree completion program for students who have academic and/or professional experience in a health care related field.  The degree is offered in a non-traditional format utilizing hybrid/blended learning.  Students may enroll full-time or part-time to accommodate employment obligations.

Graduates can use this education to develop professional growth in their clinical expertise or seek employment in health care disparities, diversity or patient advocacy. 

Degree Offered         
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Disparities, Diversity and Advocacy

The program is administered by:

  • Dean: Shirley Richmond, Ed.D
  • Program Director: Shaun T. Caldwell, M.S., RT( R)(T)
  • Medical Advisors: Harry R. Gibbs MD, Chief Diversity Officer, Chris Hernandez MBA, Patient Advocacy, Lovell Jones PhD, Health Disparities

Program in Health Care Disparities, Diversity and Advocacy

Mission
The mission of the Health Care Disparities, Diversity and Advocacy program is to provide the highest quality of education to students through formal didactic and practical experiences in the practice of health care disparities, diversity and patient advocacy.


Vision
We shall be the premier provider of education in health care disparities, diversity and patient advocacy based on best practices and research in these professions.

Objectives
Goal:  Our students will concentrate on health disparities.

Student Learning Outcomes:

The student will:

  1. demonstrate awareness of factors contributing to disparities in health care among certain populations
  2. identify resources available for reducing health disparities
  3. demonstrate health professionals role in eliminating health disparities

Goal:  Our students will be culturally competent

Student Learning Outcomes:

The student will:

  1. demonstrate cultural sensitivity
  2. analyze barriers to the delivery of health care in selected populations
  3. apply solutions to selected concerns in populations studied

Goal:  Our students will be patient advocates.

Student Learning Outcomes:

      The student will:

  1. demonstrate communication techniques in difficult environments
  2. evaluate risks in health care institution- patient relationship
  3. identify federal, state and local regulations related to patient advocacy

Selection Process
Admission is dependent on factors that include:

  • Cumulative GPA, and pre-requisite GPA
  • Personal qualities such as maturity and professional goals as expressed in the interview and described in reference letters.
  • Ability to meet the SHP non-academic technical standards.
  • Race, religion, national origin, veteran status, gender, or disability  are not factors considered in the selection process

Applicants should begin the application process three to six months prior to the application deadline to ensure all documents are received and processed by the UTHSC-Houston Registrar’s office. NOTE: The application to this program will be made available by the  Office of the Registrar

Nonacademic Requirements

For a description of the non-academic technical standards requirements for admission, visit the admission section of the Student Catalog's Policies and Procedures.

Program Admission Requirements

All prerequisite course work must be from a regionally accredited college or university.

The applicant must have satisfactorily completed all prerequisite courses listed prior to graduating. These courses must be lecture and laboratory courses acceptable toward a degree by majors in those fields and cannot be survey courses.
Students entering the program must have earned a minimum of 42 semester credit hours of Texas General Education Core Curriculum (see table below). 

Candidates who completed the prerequisite courses seven or more years before admission may need to update their academic skills. For specific information, contact the program director.

Minimum overall grade point average
of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI) - All applicants must provide proof of successful assessment of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). Applicants who have graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited Texas College or University are exempt from TSI. Proof of an applicant's readiness to enroll in college level coursework will be determined by the Registrar's Office based upon review of official transcripts from previously attended institutions.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Applicants from countries where English is not the native language may be required to take the TOEFL. Internet based TOEFL is now available and a total test score ranging from 74-78 with a minimum score of 18 in each section is required.

Prerequisites
Students entering the program must have earned a minimum of 42 semester credit hours of Texas General Education Core Curriculum (see table below). 

In addition, applicants must have completed a minimum of 34 semester credit hours of acceptable transferrable credit of elective courses or complete an additional 34 semester credit hours of elective curriculum at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions. 

Applicants who hold nationally recognized certification in a health profession and are graduates of an accredited program may be awarded a maximum of 36 semester credit hours as elective course work.  Credit hours given will be evaluated and determined using set criteria developed by the program’s admissions committee.

An applicant who has earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university may be awarded a second such degree by meeting the following requirements:

  1. Accepted to UTMDACC SHP
  2. Fulfilled all General Education Core curriculum requirements
  3. Completed a minimum of 44 hours of the required curriculum
  4. Provided supporting documents to the Office of the Registrar.


A minimum of 42 semester credit hours (SCH) that includes:

  • The Texas Core Curriculum (see table below)

The Texas Core Curriculum – 42 Semester Credit Hours (SCH)

that must include courses from the following specific areas as indicated

SCH

COMMUNICATION (6 SCH)

  • ENGL 1301   English Composition I
  • ENGL 1302   English Composition II
 6

MATHEMATICS (3 SCH)

  • MATH 1314   College Algebra or higher
 3

NATURAL SCIENCES (12 SCH)

Courses in biology, chemistry, physics, geology or other natural sciences

12

HUMANITIES (3 SCH)

Courses in literature, philosophy, modern or classical language/literature, cultural studies or equivalent

 3

VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS (3 SCH)

Courses in arts, dance, music appreciation, music, drama or equivalent

 3

HISTORY (6 SCH)

  • HIST 1301    United States History I
  • HIST 1302    United States History II
 6

GOVERNMENT (6 SCH)

  • GOVT 2301   American Government I
  • GOVT 2302   American Government II
 6

SOCIAL SCIENCES (3 SCH)

Courses in anthropology, economics, criminal justice, geography, psychology, sociology, social work or equivalent

 3
Total Texas Core Curriculum  SCH42

http://statecore.its.txstate.edu/

About the Texas Core Curriculum  Each institution's Core Curriculum applies to all academic degrees. They range from 42 to 48 credit hours, depending on the college or university. Each Core Curriculum is divided into 8 or 9 categories that are common across the state. If you take the approved Core natural science courses at institution A, they are annotated on your transcript with a Core code by A and must be accepted as fulfilling that portion of the Core at institution B or any other Texas public institution. If Astronomy is a Core natural science at A and is not at B, it must still be accepted at B. This is a whole new way of doing things because the school where you take the course decides how it will transfer. And that decision is binding on any Texas school to which you transfer.

Advanced Placement

The School of Health Professions accepts and/or awards credit through the following examination programs:

  • College level examination program of the College Board
  • Comprehensive departmental examinations
  • Regionally accredited military training programs

Recommendations from the School's academic departments are followed with regard to minimum score requirements, level of credit and amount of credit to be awarded. Program faculty are consulted to determine if credit recommendations equate to specific School of Health Professions (SHP) courses. The internal comprehensive departmental examination program provides a local means for establishing knowledge of SHS course content in areas not covered by the above examination program. Programs may elect to administer examinations that cover material specific to SHS courses with the results being reported to the Registrar.

Graduation

Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours of course work. Within this requirement, students must complete the following at MD Anderson:

  • At least 40 semester credit hours of advanced (3000/4000) course work
  • At least 25% of the total semester credit hours required must be taken at MD Anderson

Upon completion of formal didactic curriculum, students will have demonstrated the professional skills necessary to function as an effective agent in health care disparities, diversity, and patient advocacy.

Graduation occurs in August. Prior to graduation, students must successfully complete a final competency examination with a score of 75% or greater.

Curriculum

Required Courses

  Hours
DI 4300 Research Techniques in Radiologic Science

3

DI 4301 Research Project

3

HS 3270 Critical Thinking in Health Care

2

HS 3370 Fundamentals of Writing

3

HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics

1

HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competence

1

HS 4111 Medical Law

1

HS 4311 Health Professions Leadership

3

HS 4312 Global Health Practice

3

HS 4313 Disparities in Health Care

3

HS 4321 Accommodating Differences in the Health Care Setting

3

HS 4322 Mentoring Across Difference

3

HS 4323 Spiritual Health Beliefs

3

HS 4331 Patient Advocacy

3

HS 4332 Healthcare Policy and Practice

3

HS 4342 Professional Internship

3

HS 4346 Independent Projects

3

Total Required Course Credit Hours

44

Elective Courses
Students who choose to complete elective courses at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center may choose from the  course offering below.

  

Hours

DI 3345 Directed Readings (variable credit hours 1-3)

1-3

DI 3346 Professional Development (repeatable)  (variable credit hours 1-3)

1-3

DI 4310 Teaching Strategies in Health Care Education

3

DI 4311 Instructional Design

3

DI 4312 Patient Education

3

DI 4322 Effective Human Resources Management

3

DI 4323 Management Skills for New Supervisor

3

HS 3320 Medical Genetics

3

HS 3333 Statistics

3

HS 3340 Research Methods

3

HS 3347 Current Issues in Health Care

3

HS 4371 Management and Education

3

Total Free Elective Courses Offered

34


Course Descriptions

DI 3345 Directed Readings (1-3 semester credit hours)
Directed reading and research, followed by the writing of a report or the creation of a project. Credit hours are based on size, length and depth of paper or project.

DI 3346 Professional Development (Conferences, Workshops, Lectures, Competitions) - Repeatable (1-3 semester credit hours)
Attendance of educational sessions at district, state, regional or national conferences. Consent of instructor required. 12 documented contact hours per each (32 CE) credit for maximum of 3 credits

DI 4300 Research Techniques in Radiologic Science   (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student the principles and methods of conducting practical research in health care.

DI 4301 Research Project (3 semester credit hours)
This course will prepare the student to complete a research project.

DI 4310 Teaching Strategies in Health Care Education (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student how to analyze learning theories with emphasis on adult learners and the elements of quality education.

DI 4311 Instructional Design (3 semester credit hours)
This course will instruct the student in the theory and application of instructional design in health care education and training.

DI 4312 Patient Education (3 semester credit hours)

This course will teach the student how to plan, develop and assess patient education products and methods.

DI 4322 Effective Human Resources Management (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student about staff recruitment, retention techniques, and laws related to resource management. Topics include hiring and terminating practices, harassment and discrimination.

DI 4323 Management Skills for the New Supervisor (3 semester credit hours)
This course will teach the student about the transitioning from a Professional Employee to a Supervisor.

HS 3270 Critical Thinking in Health Professions (2 semester credit hours)
This course is designed to provide health profession students with resources for improving critical thinking skills.  The course will introduce basic concepts of critical thinking through integration into interactive case studies, problem based scenarios, and project design assignments.  The specific objectives of this course coincide with The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Profession definition of critical thinking.

HS 3320 Medical Genetics (3 semester credit hours)
This course is a study of the role of genetics in medicine including: Mendelian genetics, multifactorial inheritance, DNA structure, chromosome structure, population genetics, mutation rates, ethnicity of disease and genetic mapping. A comprehensive review of the cell cycle, mitosis, and meiosis and pedigree analysis is incorporated as well.

HS 3333 Statistics (3 semester credit hours)
This course provides an introduction to statistical techniques. Emphasis will be placed on probability and probability distributions, sampling and descriptive measures, inference and hypothesis testing, linear regression, and analysis of variance.

HS 3340 Research Methods (3 semester credit hours)
This research methods course will introduce the basic language and concepts of empirical research with emphasis on the applicability of research methodology in the area of clinical laboratory sciences.  Students will have the opportunity to learn how to search the peer-reviewed journal databases available to them through the Research Library. They will then critique and review their references, learn how to make an outline, and write a literature review on their assigned topic. Curriculum will include a blend of lectures, group work, presentations by guest researchers and development of a group research poster. (Admission to Program)

HS 3347 Current Issues in Health Care (3 semester credit hours)
Current issues and trends in the health care industry and environment affecting health care communities.

HS 3370 Fundamentals of Writing (3 semester credit hours)
This basic writing course is designed to teach students to write clear, well-organized, and mechanically acceptable prose.  Students will be introduced to the processes of composing thesis statements, crafting arguments, revision process, citing, and documenting sources in accordance with APA style. In addition, this course will provide an understanding and aid in the development of critical thinking skills in preparation for more advanced course work in the Diagnostic Imaging Program. The course stresses both reading and writing skills. Activities will include exercises designed to reinforce correct grammar, and avoid common sentence structure errors.  Skills gained in this course should help students improve their ability to write logically developed short-essay tests and brief, formal summaries and reports.  This course is guided by the specific objectives of the The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School Of Health Professions’ Quality Enhancement Plan.

HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics  
This course content is designed to establish a foundation and set parameters of professional practice for health care professionals. The emphasis will be on developing the background for the resolution of ethical dilemmas through ethical reasoning, ethical obligations in health professional-patient relationships and just allocation of scarce health care resources.

HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competency
This course is designed to provide each student with a fundamental understanding of  the concepts of cultural competency, diversity, and inclusion. The course content of each module emphasizes the following seven culturally competent areas of diversity: Building Relationships across Culture; Communication Across Differences; Conflict resolution Across Cultures; Microinequities within the Workplace;. Diversity and Inclusion; Abilities: A Journey from Exclusion to Inclusion; Spirituality and health care practices.

HS 4111 Medical Law
This course introduces the student to medical law and case studies in medical imaging and radiation therapy.

HS 4311 Health Professions Leadership
This course presents effective strategies in management and leadership across cultural differences within a care centric work environment to create trust, respect, and inclusiveness within healthcare teams. 

HS 4312 Global Health Practice
This course introduces the student to the socio-cultural, political and economic determinants of health and health status at a global level; understands the impact of cultural, ethical, lifestyle, social, and economic causational factors that influence cancer prevention, research, treatment, and post care.

HS 4313 Disparities in Health Care
This course introduces research and education which address the determinants of disparities as well as interventions and policies designed to eliminate disparities within cancer care and treatment.

HS 4321 Accommodating Differences in the Health Care Setting
This course explores how the following cultural influences of Mental and Physical Abilities, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity impact patient care. 

HS 4322 Mentoring Across Difference
This course provides the skills to build successful mentoring relationships across cultural differences.

HS 4323 Spiritual Health Beliefs
This course offers healthcare professionals an awareness of spiritual and religious beliefs and practices so that they will be better informed in providing effective care to patients.

HS 4331 Patient Advocacy
This course encourages the student to critically think about hospital process and to assist patients by providing education and advice regarding patient rights and intervenes as a patient representative when necessary.

HS 4332 Healthcare Policy & Practice 
This course provides an understanding of the critical role of systematic evaluation in assessing the effectiveness of health services programs and policies.

HS 4342 Professional Internship

In this course the student applies skills as well as concepts in the area of health care disparities, or health care diversity or patient advocacy.

HS 4346 Independent Projects    
This course is designed for individual projects, research, special seminars, or further investigation of emerging technology or profession specific issues. Semester credit hours are assigned in relationship to the complexity of the individual student’s goals.

HS 4371 Management and Education (3 semester credit hours)
This course covers laboratory management and educational methodologies. It includes management and motivational theories, communication skills, regulatory and accreditation requirements, budget and strategic planning, curriculum design and examination instruction. Course delivery is on-line, interactive, self-paced.


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