Cultural Competency - CHES05

Cultural Competency

Values, Traditions & Effective Practice

by Lori A Porter, MBA, RDN, LDN
(4.2 / 291 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (3.00 CECH)

Price: $59.00
CE-PRO Price: $29.50


Healthcare professionals must go beyond simply recognizing different cultural norms and practices in the workplace. They must integrate culturally appropriate interventions when working with culturally diverse clients and patients — and with coworkers. Cultural competency goes beyond traditional cultural eating patterns. It means healthcare professionals know such things as when to maintain or avoid eye contact, include or exclude family members during consultations, and formally or informally address people when speaking with them. A lack of cultural competency creates an invisible schism between providers and the people with whom they interact. This course discusses a number of mainstream cultural norms and explains how cultural competency functions as a vehicle for our health-related messages.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide dietitians, dietary managers, fitness professionals, and health educators with information about developing cultural sensitivity and competency. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain the value and importance of integrating cultural competency in the education and training of healthcare professionals as well as developing individual and organizational cultural competency
  • Discuss the six progressive steps of the Cultural Competency Continuum
  • Explain why cultural values, more than income or race, can determine the quality of healthcare a patient receives

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, dietary managers, fitness professionals, and health educators.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 3.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours. 
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 7/1/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/13/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/13/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Michaelena Megan C - Sterling, VA  ·  Feb 22, 2018
I think this should be mandatory for all health care workers! Very well explained.
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Kristen P - beltsville, MD  ·  Feb 01, 2018
A very informative course
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Donna G - Hodges, SC  ·  Jan 13, 2018
I thought it was very interesting and enlightening.
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Michael W - Grand Meadow , MN  ·  Jan 02, 2018
Informative and good resource
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Kimberly G - newark, DE  ·  Dec 14, 2017
I was very informative.
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Price: $59.00
CE-PRO Price: $29.50