Society, Healthcare, and the Cultures of Competence

GMS MA 650

This course examines the history and current policies of health education, beginning with the notion of "competencies" as a basis for biomedical training and the development of a model of professional enculturation that has been exported to other fields. This medical anthropology course focuses on the conceptual and embodied formation of key "professional competencies" in medicine, acupuncture, and chaplaincy; and explores the contested meanings of "cultural competence." Readings include autobiographical and ethnographic accounts of medical students, physicians, chaplains, and acupuncturists. Students conduct qualitative interviews with health professionals and students and learn to evaluate curricula for training competent professionals. 3 cr, Spring sem. Th 3:30-6:15, Charles River Campus. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single-credit directed study.)

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