Diversity is a complex topic that impacts many areas of skill and knowledge development in health administration education. This content area examines issues that provide the foundations of recruiting and leading a diverse workforce that serves a diverse patient population.

The content includes knowledge and skills necessary to increase, promote and manage diversity in healthcare organizations. Diversity is a fundamental concept in improving health disparities and delivering patient-centered, culturally competent care. The relevancy of diversity should be included in most courses in health administration curricula.

Suggested Textbooks:

  • Spector, R.E. (2012). Cultural diversity in health and illness. (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Rose, P (2011). Cultural competency for health administration and public health. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
Supplemental Readings: 
  • Fadiman, A. (1997). The spirit catches you and you fall down. New York, NY: Noonday Press. 
  • Dotson, E. & Nuru-Jeter, A. (2012). Setting the stage for a business case for leadership diversity in healthcare: History, research, and leverage. Journal of Healthcare Management, 57:35-44. 
  • Health Research & Educational Trust, Institute for Diversity in Health Management. Building a Culturally Competent Organization: The Quest for Equity in Health Care. Chicago, IL: Health Research & Educational Trust. July 2011.



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