Healthy Perspectives (HP) is an online, high-tech, cultural competency training, primarily for students, but also open for faculty, staff and residents at Augusta University. First-year health professions students in patient-centered programs are required to complete this course. Healthy Perspectives is designed to promote better communication and to develop a strong patient-centered practice. The focus of the course content is to create cultural self-awareness.  In this course, students learn more about stereotypes and biases, but most importantly, they begin to appreciate the influence of cultural perspectives on their ability to communicate with others and reach the common goal of better health.

The modules should take about 30 minutes, and students have one week to complete each one.​

What do you have to do?

Training involves the completion of an online program – Healthy Perspectives – designed to improve self-efficacy when working in cross-cultural situations and build communication skills when interacting with culturally diverse patients and colleagues.
HP contains modules that aim to develop culturally competent attitudes, knowledge and skills among healthcare students. Each module involves a self-directed, interactive learning segment and an option for personal reflection on the inter-professional discussion board.

How long does each module take to complete?

 The modules should take about 30 minutes, and students have one week to complete each one.

Is Healthy Perspectives a Requirement?

Yes. All students entering their first patient-centered degree program engage in HP as a graduation or program requirement. HP is a part of the following:

Physician Assistants, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Clinical Lab Science, Dental Hygiene, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Dental College of Georgia, Medical College of Georgia, BSN Program, and CNL Program