Nursing: Culturally Congruent Care (Option 3)

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David Dwyer and Susan Mary Yadro

for students advised by the School of Nursing

Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Approach
Lecture 1, 4:00–4:50 M; Discussion 306, 6:00–6:50 M
Problems of American Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Lecture 2, 1:20–2:10 MWF; Discussion 323, 11:00–11:50 R
Religion in Sickness and Health
Lecture 1, 11:00–11:50 MW; Discussion 308, 11:00–11:50 F

This FIG will take an interdisciplinary approach to examining current issues in health care and the delivery of care in various settings to diverse populations. Nursing 105: “Health Care Systems: An Interdisciplinary Approach” will focus on factors affecting health and the value placed on health, the delivery of health care in different settings, and the roles of various professionals in the healthcare system.

Sociology 134: “Problems of American Racial and Ethnic Minorities” —  The nature of intergroup relations; emphasis on various forms of racism, discrimination, and white privilege; historical background and characteristics of American Indians, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; a consideration of economic, housing, political, legal, educational, familial, and health challenges faced by minority groups in U.S. society.

Religious Studies 102: “Religion in Sickness and Health” — This is an excellent companion course for students interested in the health sciences. Questions covered in this course include:

  • What is religion? Sickness? Health? How can we understand their relationships?
  • How do religious peoples understand and live in sickness and health?
  • How does physical well-being connect to spiritual well-being?
  • How does medicine connect to meaning-making?
  • How does looking at religion in sickness and health provide insight into its roles in different cultures and contexts?

From Southeast Asia to the Caribbean, Africa, and the Mediterranean, we’ll approach these questions using perspectives from anthropology, history, sociology, legal studies, and the medical sciences, among others. And we’ll come home to Wisconsin and the United States to examine these questions as well.

This FIG is designed for students considering an application to the Nursing Program in the School of Nursing; courses in this FIG have been carefully selected to fulfill requirements for the Nursing Program. Acceptance into the School of Nursing is dependent on a number of factors including completion of specific courses and meeting minimum grade-point average requirements. If you are interested in this academic path, please meet with an advisor from the School of Nursing to get full information.