Inequalities in the generation, manipulation, and distribution of health information and the capacity to act on health information among social and cultural groups in the United States is discussed in an audio presentation by Dr. Kasisomayajula Viswanath. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. His research focuses on how inequalities in communication are associated with health disparities.


As a result of this module, students will be able to:

  • Define health literacy.
  • Discuss the importance of improving health literacy.
  • Identify sources of health information used in multi-ethnic populations.
  • Describe health communication strategies that may be effective with multi-ethnic populations who rely on different sources of health information.
  • Identify appropriate web resources related to culture and health literacy.


The core competencies for public health professionals are a consensus set of skills identified by the Council on Linkages (CoL) between academia and public health practice as being desirable for the delivery of the essential public health services. The CoL competencies identified for this course are:

Domain 4: Cultural Competency Skills

Continuing Education Units

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This course is eligible for 0.05 CEUs (0.5 contact hours) and 1 CPH re-certification credit can be earned by completing this course.

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Section Title
Culture and Health Literacy: Beyond Access
Online, self paced
Jul 19, 2019 to Jul 19, 2030
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
No Fee non-credit $0.00
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