Many health professions programs require or strongly recommend courses and experiences that develop competencies in the areas of ethics, interpersonal (and intrapersonal) communication, and cultural awareness. These competencies help you build strong working relationships with colleagues, community members, patients, and families who may come from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, ability status, sexual orientation, age, religious, and other backgrounds from your own. It is important to understand the cultural context in which you will conduct your professional practice.
Political, historical, and cultural processes all play a significant role in healthcare practice. Demonstrating a level of understanding about these topics before you begin your health professional program will be expected, and you’ll be evaluated about these aspects via interviews.
If you would like to learn more about developing competency in your specific pre-health path, here are resources and information to support you:
Consider taking advantage of the academic strength here at U-M and LSA. In particular, use part of your education to explore health, illness, and medicine. Some (but not all) of the courses that talk about health and illness are listed here:
In addition to the above courses, check out these articles curated by the American Medical Association (AMA) Journal of Ethics.