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Culture's Roles in Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Number of credits 3 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Study form Web-based (online)
  • Starting Spring Term 2020

About the course

This course focuses on culture's different roles in the clinical context in diagnostics and treatment. The importance of cultural information in person-centered clinical health care is presented on the basis of international research studies and various types of clinical cases. Various models for cultural competence in health care are presented and evaluated, and various methods for accessing the patient's cultural information are discussed.
Special emphasis is given to the Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI), which is a person-centered tool for clinical use in various health and medical care contexts, and which was initially developed for the DSM-5 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and which is now used internationally. The preparation of this course is based on the international network for research and clinical application of CFI and its use in diagnostics and treatment planning, with a particular focus on ongoing research in Sweden and Norway.

The course is designed for distance studies. The teaching takes place through pre-recorded lectures and recorded role-plays where CFI is used on different patients and contexts. Further student group exercises and one obligatory seminar arranged on campus for students in Umeå, or via distance technology for students in other parts of Sweden or in other countries. Teaching is in English.
The course uses a distance-learning format in order to enable the involvement of international clinical researchers in a teaching role, and to create a platform for medicine / nursing students and clinical professionals in various fields of mental and somatic health and to offer a chance to work with this clinical tool. The course presents CFI and the process of its development in relation to the health center's person-centered perspective, and in particular attention is paid to the importance of how cultural information interacts with the health and health care context for all patients, and also in the design of health care systems.

The examination consists of written assignments and recorded role-play exercises. Examination is done individually. Submission of examination written assignments and role-play exercises takes place via the course's website. Students must answer written assignments in English in the first instance, but students in Sweden and Norway can use Swedish or Norwegian if desired.
The course is graded according to the following grading system, or according to ECTS if desired: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with Distinction (VG).
To get the grade "well-approved" on the entire course, the student must have received this grade on all written assignments and exercises.

Students who do not pass the ordinary examination will be offered an opportunity for a new examination within three months of the first examination.
A student who has passed an ordinary exam without an approved result and a re-examination for a course or part of a course, has the right to have another examiner appointed, unless special reasons speak against it.

The University's plagiarism policy is applied.

Application and eligibility

Culture's Roles in Diagnosis and Treatment, 3 hp

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Spring Term 2020 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


3 February 2020


5 April 2020

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Type of studies

Daytime, 25%, Distance

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Number of on campus meetings

No on campus meetings.

Outline for distance course

The course, 3 credits, is given at 25% time, over 8 weeks, during calendar weeks 6-13. The course is web based. The course has 6 lectures, which are recorded with access on the course web site. There is (1) physical meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2020, however, there will be an opportunity for long-distance students to participate over the internet. Otherwise, there is a schedule with weekly tasks / goals for the students that they can follow based on their own schedule to meet the given deadline. Everything is integrated and managed via a course platform. The course participants must have access to a computer with a broadband connection. Access to a webcam and to a headset is also needed. The course is carried out with the support of free software. Examination is continuous with eg. home exam, written and practical assignments and / or participation in web meetings, lectures etc. The course consists of sub-tasks that are assessed on the basis of a three-grade grading scale. The course grade is based on a weighted assessment of the results at the various parts of the examination process and is not set until all compulsory parts have been approved.

Required Knowledge

90 hp basic education in the area of medicine/paramedicine/nursing or equivalent foreign university education.
English A/5 from Swedish high school or equivalent.


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Application deadline was 15 October 2019. The application period is closed.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Course is given by
Family Medicine
Contact person for the course is:
Administrator at the institution of Public Health and Clinical Medicine