Health Care Disparities, Diversity, and Advocacy

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 Caldwell, M.S.

Medical Advisors: Chris Hernandez, M.B.A. and Sherri L. DeJesus, M.H.A.

The 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:

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

Goal: Our students will be culturally competent
Student Learning Outcomes:

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

Goal: Our students will be patient advocates.
Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. The student will demonstrate communication techniques in difficult environments.
  2. The student will evaluate risks in health care institution- patient relationship.
  3. The student will 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 by professional references.
  • 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 University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Registrar's office.

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

Applicants to the program must satisfy the following requirements for admission:

  • 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 SCH of Texas General Education Core Curriculum.
    • Transfer 30 semester credit hours of elective courses from regionally accredited colleges and universities.
    • Applicants holding a national certification in a health care discipline may be awarded a maximum of 30 semester credit hours at the discretion of the School of Health Professions' Curriculum Committee.
  • 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

Prerequisite information regarding the program is found on the SHP Prerequisite page.

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 SHP courses. The internal comprehensive departmental examination program provides a local means for establishing knowledge of SHP course content in areas not covered by the above examination program. Programs may elect to administer examinations that cover material specific to SHP courses with the results being reported to the Registrar.

Graduation

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

  • At least 40 SCH of advanced (3000/4000) course work.
  • At least 25% of the total SCH 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.

Course Listings

Required Courses48 SCH
DDA 4311 Disparities in Health Care3
DDA 4312 Global Health Practice3
DDA 4313 Disability and Function3
DDA 4314 Resources and Support for Accommodating Patients with Special Needs3
DDA 4321 Accommodating Differences in the Health Care Setting3
DDA 4322 Mentoring Across Differences3
DDA 4323 Health Professions Leadership3
DDA 4324 Clinical Preceptorship in Diversity3
DDA 4331 Patient Advocacy3
DDA 4332 The Role of the Patient Advocate3
DDA 4333 Healthcare Policy and Practice3
DDA 4334 Clinical Preceptorship in Patient Advocacy3
DDA 4341 Professional Development3
DDA 4345 Capstone3
HS 3340 Research Methods3
HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics1
HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competency1
HS 4111 Medical Law1
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.
30 SCH
DI 3345 Directed Readings1-3
DI 3346 Professional Development (repeatable)1-3
DI 4310 Teaching Strategies in Health Care Education3
DI 4311 Instructional Design3
DI 4312 Patient Education3
DI 4322 Effective Human Resources Management3
DI 4323 Management Skills for New Supervisor3
HS 3320 Medical Genetics3
HS 3333 Statistics3
HS 3347 Current Issues in Health Care3
HS 4371 Management and Education3

Course Descriptions

DDA 4311 Disparities in Health Care (3 SCH)
This course introduces research and education which identifies determinants of disparities as well as interventions and policies designed to eliminate disparities within health care and treatment.

DDA 4312 Global Health Practice (3 SCH)
This course introduces the student to the socio-cultural, political and economic determinants of health and health status at a global level; understanding the impact of cultural, ethical, lifestyle, social, and economic causational factors that influence disease prevention, research, treatment, and post care.

DDA 4313 Disability and Function (3 SCH)
This course will define international disability classifications and provide a unifying framework for function and disability.

DDA 4314 Resources and Support for Accommodating Patients with Special Needs (3 SCH)
Investigation of resources and best practices in accommodating patients with special needs.

DDA 4321 Accommodating Differences in the Health Care Setting (3 SCH)
This course explores how the cultural influences that impact patient care. Mental and physical abilities, sexual orientation, and gender identity are discussed.

DDA 4322 Mentoring Across Differences (3 SCH)
This course provides the skills to build successful professional mentoring relationships across cultural differences.

DDA 4323 Health Professions Leadership (3 SCH)
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.

DDA 4324 Clinical Preceptorship in Diversity (3 SCH)
Students will be assigned to practice with a mentor in an health care diversity setting.  The students will demonstrate their knowledge of content areas through projects, presentations and team activities.

DDA 4331 Patient Advocacy (3 SCH)
This course will provide an understanding of this specialization in health care concerned with advocacy for patients, survivors and other populations.

DDA 4332 The Role of the Patient Advocate (3 SCH)
This course will allow students to understand the role of an advocate. The primary roles of support, education, liaisons, policy and development of the framework for patient related outcomes.

DDA 4333 Healthcare Policy and Practice (3 SCH)
This course provides an understanding of the critical role of systematic evaluation in assessing the effectiveness of health services programs and policies.

DDA 4334 Clinical Preceptorship in Patient Advocacy (3 SCH)
Students will be assigned to practice with a mentor in an advocacy setting. The students will demonstrate their knowledge of content areas through projects, presentations and team activities.

DDA 4341 Professional Development (3 SCH)
This course is designed to provide the student with the understanding of professional behaviors and customs in the health care setting. Students will explore the complexity of the health care setting and the challenges of working as an interdisciplinary team.

DDA 4345 Capstone (3 SCH)
This course will provide the student an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the principles and concepts of diversity, disparities and advocacy. Students will complete projects and activities associated with challenges in the current health care environment.

DI 3345 Directed Readings (1-3 SCH)
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 SCH)
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 4310 Teaching Strategies in Health Care Education (3 SCH)
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 SCH)
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 SCH)
This course will teach the student how to plan, develop and assess patient education products and methods.

DI 4322 Effective Human Resources Management (3 SCH)
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 SCH)
This course will teach the student about the transitioning from a Professional Employee to a Supervisor.

HS 3320 Medical Genetics (3 SCH)
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 SCH)
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 SCH)
This research methods course will introduce the basic language and concepts of empirical research with emphasis on the applicability of research methodology in health care. 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.

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

HS 4100 Issues in Health Care Ethics (1 SCH)
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 allocation of scarce health care resources.

HS 4101 Diversity and Cultural Competency (1 SCH)
This course content is designed to create an awareness of ethnocentrism and a beginning understanding of cultural similarities and diversity. It provides the student with knowledge of the concepts of cultural relativity, cultural integration and variation in cultural values, organization and institutions.

HS 4111 Medical Law (1 SCH)
This course introduces the student to medical law and case studies in health care practice.

HS 4371 Management and Education (3 SCH)
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.