Sophomore Seminars

Introduction to Cross Cultural Issues in Medicine


This seminar will introduce you to the field of sociology of health by examining key concepts such as ethnicity, immigration, health care service expectations, and language barriers. The purpose of this class is twofold. First, the course will provide you with insight on how cultural differences are of practical concern to the future health professional. Second, the seminar is designed to teach cross-cultural medical competencies needed to effectively serve diverse populations in the medical setting. We will critically analyze the impact of cultural background in doctor-patient consultation and in the health care system at large.

Meet the Instructor(s)

Irene Corso

Irene Corso is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She received her Ph.D. in education from Stanford. As a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Research and Policy and the Language Center, her areas of expertise include coordinating and teaching the medical Spanish program in the School of Medicine, and curriculum development in the fields of sociology of health and cross-cultural medicine. She also conducts project evaluations in the areas of health care delivery and patient satisfaction, and develops programs in the area of international medicine. Professor Corso thoroughly enjoys serving as a student advisor and as a mentor, and spending time with her family.