Influence of Culture on Public Health

Understanding culture and diversity is essential to the field of public health. In this assignment, consider the influence of culture on public health. In an essay of 1,250-1,500 words, discuss the following:

  1. Define culture. What elements make up a person’s culture? How do those elements impact a person’s perception of health, health decision making, and health behaviors?
  2. What personal cultural elements impact your own health behaviors and health decision making?
  3. How might your own cultural or personal biases affect your perception of other cultures and their health behaviors?
  4. Describe the difference between cultural competency and diversity.
  5. Describe at least two specific strategies public health professionals can implement to improve their cultural competence as they work to decrease health disparities and improve the health of diverse populations.
  6. Reflect on your own cultural competence. What are your areas of strength and what are some areas for improvement? Describe at least one strategy you will apply to improve your own cultural competence skills.

You are required to cite to at least three sources to complete this assignment. Sources must be published within the last 5 years and appropriate for the criteria and public health content of the assignment.

Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.

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